A Final Tribute to the QE2

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#1
Connecticut
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It occurred to me that it would be very nice to gather all of the wonderful poems that have been written about the QE2 by some of our very talented CC members, and place them together as a wonderful collection and final tribute to our iconic ship, the QE2.

Please feel free to add to the collection.

GOODBYE



‘Goodbye. Goodbye’. The seagulls cry

The band plays “Auld Lang Syne”.
‘Farewell. Farewell’ The voices swell.
‘Ye’ll no come back again’.
-
The sobbing whistle’s triple blast
Starts a prickle in the eye.
It echoes back ‘The last, The last
The last time for ‘Sailing By’.
-
The firetug, sprays turned off, turns home
The small craft fall behind
And Soton fades into the gloam
And salt is on the wind.
Goodbye.
-o-o-o-
Strange seabirds cry ‘Dubai, Dubai.’
The heaving lines fly ashore
Dubai, Dubai, for aye and aye
Your voyages are o’er.
-
Dubai Dubai. The heaving lines fly
The mooring cables strain
Goodbye Goodbye, Goodbye Goodbye
The passengers’ sad refrain.
-
‘Goodbye Goodbye’ the passengers sigh
Walking down the quay
‘For aye, for aye’, Dubai’s reply
‘For aye she’ll bide wi’ me.’
Goodbye.
-o-o-o-
All gone, all gone, the people gone
The Champagne and the bands.
And Gulliver’s made fast at last
By Lilliputian hands.
-
The desert night comes creeping in
The desert wind blows chill.
And deck by deck the lights go out
The ship lies dark and still.
-
She waits the dawn, her final dawn
When men will come with tools
To finish her pelagic life.
She must learn a captive’s rules.
-
But for tonight, Hold tight, hold tight
Hold tight while you still are whole
For one last night, hold tight, hold tight
Hold tight on to your soul.
Goodbye
-o-o-o-

Ah!.
If steel could dream,
What dreams, what dreams.
What dreams would this steel dream?
If steel could dream
Would this steel dream
Of all the things it’s seen?
-
Of gliding through the tropic blue,
Of balmy palmy bays.
Of fragrant days and star jewelled nights
The ocean all ablaze.
Goodbye
-
Of slambanging through Atlantic wrack
Its great waves green and grey
Her mighty forefoot pounds them down
To say, 'Make way', 'Make way'
Goodbye.
-
The lift and scend as Southern Swells
House high beneath it sigh
The high and chilly latitudes
Where the albatross hangs high
Goodbye
-o-o-o-

A thousand seas a thousand lands
And millions brought safe home.
For forty years I’ve plied my trade
But they won’t let me home.
In Glasgow yard
From Scottish steel
Is where I came to be.
But now I’m sold for foreign gold
And banished from my sea.
Goodbye
-
My engine’s warmth is cooling now
The dawn draws swiftly on
The foreign dockyard mateys come
It’s over now, I’m gone.
Goodbye.
-o-o-o-

Ah!

If steel could dream
What dreams, what dreams
What dreams would this steel dream?
If steel could dream
Would this steel dream
Of when it was a Queen.
Goodbye.


Gari
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#2
Connecticut
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This one is by Jimmy Christie.


http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~jc32/
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Connecticut
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Here's my poor attempt at recreating the style of the master (to anyone who is not familiar with the work of William Topaz McGonagall, and therefore unlikely to understand the paradoy inherent in this - it's probably best to look away now as what follows is not pretty):

Oh beautiful beautiful QE2
Which has sailed around the oceans for many a year or two
It is to be sure a very sad day
Now that you are finally on your way to Dubai


On the day that you were launched from the slipway of John Brown
Loads of people from Clydebank did celebrate in the town
And plenty of other folk came from other places far and near
So that they could all watch the event and make lots of noise, and
shout and cheer.


Many's the time you have sailed across the wide Atlantic
And your beautiful launderette has driven many of your passengers
frantic
But that really doesn't matter and will not bother anyone
Because, at the end of the day, they still all managed to get their
washing done.


Many many people have walked your lovely decks
And when it was rough some may even have messed up their kecks
But now you are going, I'm sure that all will have to agree
That you're a much better boat than we'll ever get with QE3


Truly, I think that the management of Cunard must have more than one
screw loose
To send you off to the Middle East so that for a hotel they can you
use.
And I pray that for ever and ever your ghost it will come back and
haunt
And scare them out of their wits and that with their mistakes
you will them taunt.


James Christie
With apologies to Mr W T McGonagall esq, Scotland's Greatest Ever Poet

Aternote: I happen to know that Happyscot has followed this up with a most excellent piece of verse written in the style of Noel Coward (or possibly Rudyard Kipling, or maybe Robert Service, or it could have been Pam Ayers). Whatever, maybe we can prevail upon him to post it on here as well.
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#4
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What Ship is That?

What ship is that, that shines out there
Between the sea and sky so fair?
A beauty that has caught the light,
Self- assured, without a care?
There never was a ship as white.
What ship is that, she's quite a sight,
Shimmering--her crown's aglow
With funnel high and ruby bright!
The sight of her is quite a show.
Look closer though. She is in tow!
What ship is that? She looks so new.
I know she is the QE2.
The sky is dark and starts to flow,
Signaling the end is nigh.
The Queen of ships is soon to die!
What ship is that that makes me cry?
What ship is that, that's in Dubai?
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#5
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Here are a few of my favourite photos of QE2. The first two show her at anchor off Aghios Nikolaos in Crete:





The next one show her alongside the quay in Marmaris



And the final one is of QE2 at Pinto Wharf, Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta

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Originally posted by cruachan
Here's my poor attempt at recreating the style of the master (to anyone who is not familiar with the work of William Topaz McGonagall, and therefore unlikely to understand the paradoy inherent in this - it's probably best to look away now as what follows is not pretty):
And so I searched my Norton's Anthology of English Literature and never found a mention of W T McGonagall. How could they have missed the works of a poet even greater then Bobby Burns??
I did a little research about him and arguably his greatest work (The Tay Bridge Disaster)! http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/
I found him to be the inspiration I needed for what is to follow.
Thank you Jimmy!!

Death of a Queen
Aye, tear her old red funnel down
Long has it smoked the sky,
And many an eye has tear’d to see
Her shipped off to Dubai;
Beneath it rang the stewards bell,
As he called them to high tea;
The Queen who knew every ocean well
Shall no longer sail the sea!!

Her decks, once served the men of war,
As they went to meet the foe,
When she sailed across Southampton’s bar
To the Falklands far below,
No more she’ll feel the cruiser's tread,
Or the ocean winds so free;
The Arabs of the shore shall rent
The lady of the sea!

Oh, better that her rusty hull
Should sink beneath the wave;
Her life was spent on the seven seas,
And there should be her grave;
Let her fly proud Britain’s flag,
Set her course away from shore,
And let her sleep in the ocean deep ,
Still a Queen for ever more!

With profound apologies to Oliver Wendell Holmes
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#7
Yorkshire England
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Nice one Gene. I have an apology to make, to Mr Longfellow and his good mate Hiawatha. Sorry guys.


By the shores of Sotons waters
By the greasy dockside waters
Stands the terminal, the berthing
Of the mighty ocean liners
High above it swing the cranejibs
Swinging dipping lifting raising
Lifting raising all the luggage
Luggage that the people bring there
To support their ocean voyage.
Dark beside the quayside waiting
Waiting stands the giant Queetu.
Black she stands there in the sunlight
White she glistens in the sunlight
And her funnel orange, red is
Like a beacon proudly smoking
Smoking as the mighty engines
Purr and rumble with their power.

Now at last the people coming
Coming all the happy people
Smiling chatting laughing gaily
Posing by the lifebouy easel
Posing for their boarding picture.
Pictures sell for twenty-seven
Of the dollars of the Yankees.
But they say it must be worth it
Cheap at half the price they think it
Though the picture may be awful
Makes you look like Quasimodo
And your wife like… let’s not go there.

Then at last the ship is leaving
Leaving England for the last time
All because the Emiratis
Arabs with their filthy lucre
Have beguiled the proud ship’s owners
Tempted them beyond resistance
Dangled bags of gold and rubies
And the Carnivali’s, - dastards
Have succumbed to the tempting.
They have sold the mighty liner
Sold this icon of the oceans.
Loud and long the lamentations
Lamentations of Cunarders
Waily waily hear them crying
Daily hear them waily waily.
Cursing swearing at the villains
Who have sold their trusty boaty.


But the dastard Carnivalis
Pay no heed to all their sorrow
To their tears and cries of sorrow.
Saying just ‘It’s Economics’
Economics made us do it.
For we must turn out a profit
Profit for our good shareholders
That they all may prosper greatly
And have suites on ocean cruisers
Cruisers of the NCL line
And the Hal and all the others.
Cunardeers can kiss our bottoms
Bottom line is all we care for.
So it is the mighty Queetu
Turned into a grand hotel is
Grand hotel out in the desert.
But at least it will be over,
No more final this and that trips.
And for that oh Carnvivalis
I for one applaud you greatly.

Gari
#8
Yorkshire England
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Originally posted by happyscot
It's surprisingly difficult to cut one's own throat.

Ah! There we go!
ROFLMAO
Thanks HS
G.
#9
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Joined Jun 2006
Originally posted by happyscot
It's surprisingly difficult to cut one's own throat. ...
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again?
#10
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
274 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
The poems are lovely, but the proud men of Clydebank would be rather upset to hear the ship described as being built in Glasgow!
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QE2 April 1987, Dec 2007, Aug 2008, Dubai Apr 2011,
QM2
2012, Transatlantic July 2015

Various visits and short cruises on QE, QV and QM2

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#11
Old York
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Originally posted by RAL72
The poems are lovely, but the proud men of Clydebank would be rather upset to hear the ship described as being built in Glasgow!
Rob,

I trust you've granted me exemption from your criticism

Jimmy
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Yorkshire England
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Originally posted by RAL72
The poems are lovely, but the proud men of Clydebank would be rather upset to hear the ship described as being built in Glasgow!
Oh God. I bet Will or Byron or Keats never had this nitpicking.

Poetic licence old boy.

Anyway it's the same river and it's only 6 miles away as the boat floats. And it is contiguous with the City of Glasgow. And I don't suppose 99.99% of the population would know where one ended and the other began if it weren't for some thundering great notice saying something like:

' Welcome to Clydebank - Cunard Country'.

Stomps off in the huff!

Gari
#13
Connecticut
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Joined Sep 2007
Obituary of a Queen

Queen Elizabeth Two, 1967-2008
Born in Clydebank, Scotland, U K.
Her death to come slowly,there is no debate.

Began her journey, none could wait,
In 1969, she made her way,
Queen Elizabeth Two, 1967-2008.

Then in '82, an instrument of fate,
To transport troops so far away.
Her death to come slowly there is no debate.

1987, new engines would recreate
A glorious new liner for a modern day,
Queen Elizabeth Two, 1967-2008.

By 2002, her miles were her fate,
Five million nautical miles to the day,
Her death would come slowly, there is no debate.

In 2007, we would learn of her fate,
To be sold to Dubai brought great dismay,
Queen Elizabeth Two, 1967-2008'
Her death to come slowly, there is no debate.


By Gail
Apologies to Dylan Thomas in my attenpt at a Villanelle.
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#14
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Here is a poem by Oliver William Holmes that actually saved the beloved ship, "Old Ironsides".

It almost seems that his words are describing the beloved QE2.


OLD IRONSIDES
By Oliver Wendell Holmes
September 16, 1830
Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
That banner in the sky;
Beneath it rung the battle shout,
And burst the cannon's roar;
The meteor of the ocean air
Shall sweep the clouds no more.
Her deck, once red with heroes' blood,
Where knelt the vanquished foe,
When winds were hurrying o'er the flood,
And waves were white below,
No more shall feel the victor's tread,
Or know the conquered knee;
The harpies of the shore shall pluck
The eagle of the sea!
Oh, better that her shattered bulk
Should sink beneath the wave;
Her thunders shook the mighty deep,
And there should be her grave;
Nail to the mast her holy flag,
Set every threadbare sail,
And give her to the god of storms,
The lightning and the gale!
AUTHOR'S NOTE
By Oliver Wendell Holmes
This was the popular name by which the frigate Constitution was known. The poem was first printed in the Boston Daily Advertiser, at the time when it was proposed to break up the old ship as unfit for service. I subjoin the paragraph which led to the writing of the poem. It is from the Advertiser of Tuesday, September 14, 1830:--
"Old Ironsides.--- It has been affirmed upon good authority that the Secretary of the Navy has recommended to the Board of Navy Commissioners to dispose of the frigate Constitution. Since it has been understood that such a step was in contemplation we have heard but one opinion expressed, and that in decided disapprobation of the measure. Such a national object of interest, so endeared to our national pride as Old Ironsides is, should never by any act of our government cease to belong to the Navy, so long as our country is to be found upon the map of nations. In England it was lately determined by the Admiralty to cut the Victory, a one-hundred gun ship (which it will be recollected bore the flag of Lord Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar), down to a seventy-four, but so loud were the lamentations of the people upon the proposed measure that the intention was abandoned. We confidently anticipate that the Secretary of the Navy will in like manner consult the general wish in regard to the Constitution, and either let her remain in ordinary or rebuild her whenever the public service may require."--New York Journal of Commerce.


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"Regally, stately she moves from her quayside
Away down the Solent she slips on the ebb tide,
Heart rending and poignant her siren's last crying
Her faithful are weeping- the great ship is dying."

Excerpt from Jimmy Christie's "The Great Ship"

11/11/08

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Hey Curachan, mind if I add these photos to our QE2 Farewell gallery?

http://pictures.cruisecritic.com/sho...ry.php?cat=525

Thanks,

Dan


Originally posted by Cruachan
Here are a few of my favourite photos of QE2. The first two show her at anchor off Aghios Nikolaos in Crete:





The next one show her alongside the quay in Marmaris



And the final one is of QE2 at Pinto Wharf, Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta

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#18
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Originally posted by Cruachan
Go ahead.

J
Hello J,

I hope you didn't mind me using the last verse of your poem. And the QE2 picture? Is it OK?

Gail
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Originally posted by Cruachan
No that's ok

J
Thank you! I thought it was quite fitting, particularly today!
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