the guide to the Cunard Line heritage items aboard QE2:-
the Princess Grill life-size statues of the four elements - fire,
earth, air & water by Janine Janet are made entirely of marine
items such as shell & coral.
the entrance to the Britannia
Grill is a small model of the paddle steamer Britannia
1840. On D Stairway, the approach to the Caronia
Restaurant is a large model
of Mauretania, sadly a number of pieces are broken and
even the lights inside the forward section had failed by the end of
our cruise. It needs a bit of attention!
the starboard side is a large canvas of Mauretania leaving the Tyne
on her maiden voyage by Tom Hemy in 1908, and a silver plaque
commemorating a visit by Nelson Mandela in 1998.
contains a sectioned model of Aquitania
1914, and a painting of the Queen Mary by J Gifford. The Bookshop
next door contains a wealth of reference books along with those for
purchasing and models [to buy] of the Cunard ships.
the Chart Room there is a frieze with the words of TS Elliot,
Sir Francis Drake and John Masefield created by Brody Nevenshwander,
and the backdrop to the bar shows the steamship routes across the
North Atlantic Ocean. An embossed leather picture depicting old
sailing ships originally hung in the German steamer Kaiser Wilholm
der Grosse. It was presented to Cunard by Lloyd Werft to commemorate
the re-engineering of QE2 in 1986/7.
with the many navigational instruments on display in the Chart Room
is a brass armillary sphere, presented to Cunard by the Institute of
London Underwriters, but the centre piece is the Piano,
formerly used in the Flamenco Room on Queen Mary.
Queen Elizabeth II
Room contains a bronze coloured bust
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
created by Oscar Neman. Royal Standards at each end of the room were
flown at the mastheads of ships visited by Royalty. A carved wooden
crest is that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Stairway contains a display
giving an impression of the 1930's style which characterised both
Queen Mary & Queen Elizabeth. An excellent [but somewhat dusty] model
of Queen Mary along with a life
from the ship are the centre pieces. The Lido contains artwork by
Giancarlo Impigalia which was introduced during the 1994 refit.
Deck:- The Pavilion contains more artwork
by Giancarlo Impiglia.
Deck:- The Forward
Lobby, outside the Computer
Learning Centre, contains 2 display cases full of Cunard
Publications dating back to the turn of the beginning of
the 20th Century [provided by the Ocean Liner Museum of new York].
plaque [with a nasty crack through it] on the starboard
side was presented by First Sea Lord, Sir John Fieldhouse, to
commemorate the Falklands Campaign.
Mary's Life Buoy
of the Atlantic
the forward entrance to the Midships
Lobby is a bronze figure 'Spirit
of the Atlantic' by Barney Seale, which was commissioned
for the 2nd Mauretania 1939.
Lobby are four large panels by British artist Peter
Sutton, illustrating the key eras in the Cunard Line [Commissioned in
1994]. Here lies a wonderul silver
model of Queen Elizabeth 2, made by Asprey of Bond
Street, London circa 1975. The existence of the model was unknown
until an old photograph was found by accident in 1997. It took a year
to track down the model's wherabouts, but it was finally placed on
the ship in 1999.
holds a silver
cup commemorating the first ever World Cruise in 1922-23
by the Cunard Liner Laconia; while E Stairway supports a
series of Cunard
posters extending down to Four Deck, telling their own
story of some of the greatest ships to sail the Atlantic. G Stairway,
covering a number of decks, is lined with Paintings
and limited edition prints of Cunard ships by marine
artists Card, Fisher, Crossley, Cummings and Young.
someone tell me the
of the ship please?
In the D Stairway is Queen
Elizabeth 2's brass ship's bell, which has occasionally
been used as a font for christenings. On New Year's Eve it is used in
Lounge to ring the old year out and the new in. Above
the bell is a painting [in an imaginary setting] by Stephen Card of Queen
Elizabeth 2 with Britannia 1840.
are other items aboard, in private quarters which I couldn't view.
The original bells from Aquitania & Franconia, Engine Room
Telegraph from Mauretania & QE2's builder's plate, amongst others.
Photographs of QE2's public areas, open decks, exterior views, our
cabin & other items
I came across, can be seen in the various Photo Galleries here.