E.J.Wilkins

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Queen Mary 2 at Calshot


Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 passing Calshot, 22nd April 2008.

At about this point she sounded her fog horn, it was an incredible and very deep noise, vibrating the air all around us.

I think the little boat closest to her is the Pilot boat. All ports have local "Pilots" - specialist navigators who know the local waters and whose job is to make sure that vessels entering and leaving the port do so safely. If they're on a vessel leaving port, once their job is finished they climb down into their little boat and go back for the next job.

From this angle it's possible to see that QM2 has a fine raked bow, then broadens quite quickly, her stern is rounded, quite bulbous.

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From Ship Technology
Built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique yard for Cunard, the Queen Mary 2 is ... 345.03m long and has a beam of 45m at the bridge wings. Its draught is 9.95m and the height from keel to the funnel is 72m. The Gross Registered Tonnage is 150,000t.

944 of the ship's 1,310 staterooms have private balconies, and a further 66 have ocean views. The verandah cabins stretch over four and a half decks. There are also 300 inside cabins.

The vessel is powered by four Wärtsilä diesel engines, supplemented by two gas turbines. With a total output of 118MW, the power plant develops 157,000hp.

Propulsion is carried out by four 20MW MerMaid podded propulsion units, two fixed and two azimuthing through 360°. They incorporate an electric AC motor that directly drives a fixed-pitch propeller with highly skewed blades for low noise and vibration.

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Colin Hunter has a picture of all three Queens on his blog today (29 April 2008)
http://chunter.shutterchance.com/archive.php
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Queen Mary 2 at Calshot


Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 passing Calshot, 22nd April 2008.

At about this point she sounded her fog horn, it was an incredible and very deep noise, vibrating the air all around us.

I think the little boat closest to her is the Pilot boat. All ports have local "Pilots" - specialist navigators who know the local waters and whose job is to make sure that vessels entering and leaving the port do so safely. If they're on a vessel leaving port, once their job is finished they climb down into their little boat and go back for the next job.

From this angle it's possible to see that QM2 has a fine raked bow, then broadens quite quickly, her stern is rounded, quite bulbous.

edit
From Ship Technology
Built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique yard for Cunard, the Queen Mary 2 is ... 345.03m long and has a beam of 45m at the bridge wings. Its draught is 9.95m and the height from keel to the funnel is 72m. The Gross Registered Tonnage is 150,000t.

944 of the ship's 1,310 staterooms have private balconies, and a further 66 have ocean views. The verandah cabins stretch over four and a half decks. There are also 300 inside cabins.

The vessel is powered by four Wärtsilä diesel engines, supplemented by two gas turbines. With a total output of 118MW, the power plant develops 157,000hp.

Propulsion is carried out by four 20MW MerMaid podded propulsion units, two fixed and two azimuthing through 360°. They incorporate an electric AC motor that directly drives a fixed-pitch propeller with highly skewed blades for low noise and vibration.

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Colin Hunter has a picture of all three Queens on his blog today (29 April 2008)
http://chunter.shutterchance.com/archive.php
.

comments (22)

  • mal
  • 29 Apr 2008, 00:34
I was lucky enough to have a free trip on the QM2 as part of Gordons party, this really is fantastic for me El. mal
EJWilkins: Oooh, you lucky thing, what a fantastic opportunity and experience for you. smile
I've never been on this sort of ship, nearest to a cruise ship has been a cross-channel ferry!
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 29 Apr 2008, 01:18
LOL, that's a fine way to insult a queen! So she has a big behind and a pointy nose? smile This actually looks like a very elegant ship. Nice work, Ellie.
EJWilkins: I really don't think she'll mind at all wink
She does look pretty, doesn't she
Wow - now that is a ship! I love watching the cruise ships come in and out. I'd assume you do too. smile
EJWilkins: No Jen, if I'm honest I've never done this before although I've noted the various funnels we might see in port at Southampton. There's just "something" about the Cunard Queens that's important to me, not altogether sure what it is though. smile
  • Astrid
  • The Nehterlands
  • 29 Apr 2008, 04:57
Majestic view, this must have been great to be able to watch and hear, it was worth the waiting, nice job here Ellie.
EJWilkins: It was worth waiting, offspring weren't so sure though wink
The ship is magnificent, but what really makes this picture are the tiny pilot boats that show how huge she is! I also like the little strip with the water lapping on the sand in the foreground; how can the ship that huge BE in such shallow water and not go aground? Very impressive capture!
EJWilkins: I can't find out how deep the navigable channel is, but it's very close to Calshot Spit, which is why the Queen is so close to the shore. It was an amazing sight!
  • John
  • Norwich , England
  • 29 Apr 2008, 06:18
stunning shot, with the coastline so close. she is not as beautiful as the QE2 but much more striking in her scale. Great image. :o)
EJWilkins: No, perhaps not as pretty as QE2, but much nicer than the one that went out before her.
Makes the spine tingle. richard
EJWilkins: It did actually, you're right. It was quite a moment when the fog horn sounded smile
Wow this is huge. Imagine having that coming at you smile
EJWilkins: Hmm, yes, scary
  • chad
  • in front of a computer
  • 29 Apr 2008, 07:46
This looks so much like a toy, Ellie. Great photograph.
EJWilkins: It does really, but believe me it's too big for our garden! wink
  • Tracy
  • Staffordshire
  • 29 Apr 2008, 07:55
I went to Plymouth last weekend, and was out at sea in a rib, so pleased this did not appear fronm the fog, WOW.
Lovely shot Ellie well worth the wait you enduredsmile
EJWilkins: That must have been fun Tracy
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 29 Apr 2008, 08:19
She Wonderful love to have a cruise one day good photo Ellie
EJWilkins: I agree, it would be nice, but unlikely for us anyway
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich...looks like rain later
  • 29 Apr 2008, 08:48
She's an elegant ship. I would love to have seen this
EJWilkins: It was wonderful, and well worth the wait, just like seeing an important steam engine for just a moment. Something you remember for ever smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Apr 2008, 09:28
A magnificent ocean liner. I like the fact that you have included a strip of shore and the waves coming in. It must have been a sight to see.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: OOoh, it was. It was wonderful smile
Worth the wait smile
EJWilkins: Well worth it, and worth getting cold too. smile
Wow Ellie, this is magnifiscent! You've captured her perfectly.
EJWilkins: She is magnificent Richard, thanks smile
Great capture Ellie, and thanks for posting it- I can't believe it was so close to the shore as it must have deep draught, so presumably the sea gets deep very quickly just here! smile
EJWilkins: According to this site her draught is 9.95m and the height from keel to the funnel is 72m. The Gross Registered Tonnage is 150,000t.
http://www.ship-technology.com/projects/queen_mary/
The sea does get deep here though, tides and 3 rivers (Rivers Itchen and Hamble join the Test to form "Southampton Water") scouring out a deep and quite narrow channel past Calshot Spit.
Map = http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.851112&lon=-1.344658&z=13&r=0&src=msl
Majestic!!
EJWilkins: Absolutely!
  • Alan
  • 29 Apr 2008, 16:21
At least she (almost) looks like a proper ship unlike those P&O "blocks of flats" thatw e get during the cruise season! A fine capture, Ellie.
EJWilkins: One went out before her, Pacific Princess. A nice enough ship, tiny compared to the Queens and nowhere near as elegant.
Thank you for all this information Ellie to illustrate this very powerful image
EJWilkins: I'm glad it was worth the search. smile
I only thought to look for more because David commented on the draught. I still can't find out how deep the channel is up to Southampton, it must be quite deep because there's an oil terminal at Hythe and a military base at Marchwood.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Apr 2008, 22:39
Excellent picture of where you have been while not blogging - won the lottery?
EJWilkins: Hah! I wish! No, just been busy.
A fine image Ellie, I hope one day she will visit Liverpool so I can try for a image as good as this.
EJWilkins: There must be a way of finding out if/when she's visiting Liverpool. Would it be in the Cunard cruise programme perhaps? http://www.cunard.com/qe2_cruises.asp
If she does, I hope you get better weather then you're sure to get a better picture than this smile
End to end in one shot Ellie. Well done, she must have been quite close in near the shore going by the waves in the foreground. Brian.

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