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Video Clip of Queen Mary 2 visiting. Additional photos posted by Concorde_QE2 in the Member Gallery.

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The QE2 returned to the Port of Tyne on Wednesday, October 8th 2008 before her final departure to Dubai.

QE2 entering Tyne -by David Heywood 2008

QE2 entering Tyne -by David Heywood 2008

Quintin Smith took some excellent night shots which he allowed the rmsqueenelizabeth2.com website to display in a special feature. To view these fantastic photos, click here.

On the occasion of this last visit an oil painting by 19th century artist T.M. Hemy has been handed to Newcastle’s Discovery Museum from its home on board the QE2. It depicts the newly built Mauretania leaving Tyne for Liverpool.

To read the full story of the painting, click here

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While googling information about the QM2 visit in Hamburg this month I came across the Royal Ocean Liner Photography website which is a collection of  8 photo galleries capturing ocean liners during their visits to the city of Hamburg.  Turn your sound on before entering the website here.

It is a fantastic collection of  exquisite photos of the QE2, QM2, Queen Victoria as well as cruise ships AidaDiva and Golden Princess. I love them,  I think they brilliantly capture the grandeur of these ships. It always makes me very happy when I find something like this by chance.  The Internet is full of surprises! I noticed all photos have been watermarked for copyright protection. Photos apparently can be purchased, you have to use the Kaufen form (order form).

The website and descriptions are all in German, so I am summarizing the important pieces of information.

Information-Über mich:  Information – About me
Dirk Rothermundt is a freelance photographer, web designer and software developer. The Royal Ocean Liner Photography website is dedicated to ships visiting the port of Hamburg, mainly QE2 and QM2.

Galerien – Galleries
There are 8 galleries documenting Hamburg visits of the ships mentioned above. My favourite galleries are obviously those of my 2 favourite liners, QE2 and QM2, so I take the liberty to describe the albums in more detail.

  1. Queen Victoria, Dec 18, 2007
    Inside QV: 74 photos witnessing pure luxury
  2. AIDADiva Christening, Apr 20, 2007
  3. QM2 in Voss & Blohm dry dock, Nov 8-19, 2005                        
    • QM2 reception on river Elbe, arrival at Cruise Terminal
      The night shots are exceptional! One can tell by the quality that these are Dirk Rothermundt’s speciality.
    • QM2 in Dock 17, view from Landungsbrücken
    • QM2 departure from Dock 17
      Great close up shots . I am always in awe of this impressive hull!
  4. A Day on QM2, Aug 1, 2005
    • Arrival at Cruise Terminal
    • On the decks
    • Inside QM2
    • Hamburg as seen from QM2
    • The Bridge
      It is not often that photographers are allowed on the bridge. 41 close up photos. I guess those are rare.
  5. A Day on QE2, Jul 8, 2005
    My favourite gallery of course. Fantastic shots both outside and inside. The albums from left to right are

    • The arrival
    • Docking at Cruise Terminal
    • The decks (outside)
    • Hamburg from the QE2
    • QE2 Interiors
      41 great photos that catapult me right back aboard. 
    • Departure
  6. Golden Princess, Jun 7, 2005
  7. QE2 in Hamburg, May 30, 2005
    • QE2 at Cruise Terminal
    • QE2 at night
      Brilliant night shots
  8. QM2 in Hamburg, Jul 19, 2004
    • Arrival
    • A day and night in Hamburg
    • The fireworks
      When the QM2 visits Hamburg, it is party time and the Queen is honoured with a splendid fireworks display. These photos show that the city does not spare any efforts to welcome her!

I hope you  are enjoying the photos as much as I do. Great memories come back while clicking through the albums. I wish I could return for another Transatlantic voyage.

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Last week an exciting new feature was added to the Cunard Queens website: The interactive photo gallery went live! Within less than 5 days, over 1,000 photos were posted, and that without specifically advertising the launch. I am so impressed! It seems the gallery responds to the need for an easy-to-use platform that allows Cunard fans to share the wealth of photos they’ve been hoarding in their cupboards and on their hard drives. I am sure there are some real gems out there that want posting!

Scott, the owner of  the Cunard Queens websites commented on the growing interest in the gallery and why he hopes that by the galleries will become a photo-journal of the Cunard Queens’ lifes:

” For Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth (the originals) there are just too many unanswered questions about the interiors and social life that a single photo could answer. Or take QE2: There are perhaps hundred of photos of the Queens Room, but what was it like to enter the room from the doors next to the stage. What was that space like? Amazingly I didn’t take any pictures of that either… who did?”

Scott gave me another example how photos can help to achieve a better understanding of the development and history of the ocean liners:  “How about the shell doors on 5 deck aft of QE2 where crew would relax…. it looks just like the area on ‘R’ deck aft on QM back in the 50s …. So the pictures not only show how different QE2 was but they also define the continuity of the original queens… they lived inside QE2. She is a direct descendant of them. Even in her stern, the geneology is present. But what are ships without people? It’s the people that give them life. And to that end their stories are not complete without the perspective of both passengers and crew.  Already people have generously and gladly contributed, so this is really their story and their site.

Please come and browse through the galleries. You don’t need a login for browsing, but if you wish to post your own photos, you must register first. If you need assistance or have a question regarding the galleries, please email cunardqueens@gmail.com.

Happy Browsing and Posting!

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