QE2 TOUR AND
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Officers conferring over paper charts during a
transatlantic voyage in the 1990s.
Above: Control panels on each of the bridge wings
allowed the officers to maneuver the ship while
Right: When the ship was converted from steam power
to diesel electric, an array of buttons on the bridge
were no longer connected to anything. Creating a
surprise for visitors, some wag re-labled these buttons
with such captions as: "Torpedo"; "Eight-inch Gun";
"Exocet" and "Captain's Ejector Seat".
BEHIND THE SCENES
QE2's navigation bridge was located on Signal Deck, the highest point on the ship. As with the public areas, the bridge
was repeatedly upgraded to encompass new technological innovations. (Click to see a leaflet describing the bridge in
1991 and click here for a leaflet about the bridge from 2008)
Below left: In addition to the technological innovations, there have been creature comfort changes. For example,
during the 1994 refit, enterprising officers persuaded the craftsmen who were installing wood paneling in the public
areas to also do the bridge. Similarly, the wooden chair used by the captain during long stretches on the bridge (see
below right) was replaced by a much more impressive chair that is permanently bolted to the deck (see lower right
hand corner of the photo above). While this chair looks impressive, it is in fact the top of a bus driver's chair that was
married to the pedestal of a dentist's chair by one of the ship's officers.
Right: The Florist Shop supplied fresh
flowers for the public areas and for
Because QE2 was designed to
do itineraires that often
involved going beyond the
range of medical evacuation
helicopters, she was equipped
with one of the finest hospitals
at sea. It included an operating
room, x-ray facilities, a
dentist's office, a pharmacy, a
laboratory and physiotherapy
rooms. There were five wards,
each with two beds.
Accordingly, QE2 often went to
the assistance of other ships
with medical emergencies.
Left: While QE2 carried an extensive
array of the world's best wines, the
wine cellar itself was strictly utilitarian.
Above right: Not everyone drinks
vintage wine. Accordingly, QE2 also
carried a large amount of beer.
Right: QE2 was one of the world's
largest consumers of caviar.
Consequently, a large quantity of this
expensive commodity was kept in a
QE2 was equipped with several types of GPS and
location tracking devices.
Above: The helmsman's view from the wheel
Right: The Safety Control Room on Two Deck. From
this room the officers could monitor the ship's fire
systems, water-tight doors, and other safety systems.
Consoles also showed the amounts of fuel, fresh water
and ballast in the ship's tanks.
When QE2 entered service all of the restaurants were served by a
single galley located next to the Columbia (now Caronia) Restaurant.
This proved inefficient and the popular forward-facing Lookout Bar on
Upper Deck was sacrificed to make a galley for the Mauretania.
Subsequently, separate galleys were built for the Queens Grill and The
The original galley was an impressive expanse of stainless steel with
large ovens and cauldrons needed to prepare thousands of meals a day.
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