also took a great series of photos of QE 2 at Plymouth on VE Day in 1995.
In the latter case, in those days my family and I were very active member of the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club.
The club played a significant part in the VE Day celebrations including hosting many V.I.P.’s and flying Nelson’s most famous signal (England expects…).
The RPCYC kindly provided me with a launch and very willing crew.
QE 2 was moored in Plymouth Sound, a beautiful setting, on a beautiful day. A great photographic opportunity.
On the previous occasion I’d been invited by Cunard line to be a celebrity guest to sail on QE 2 to demonstrate marine painting techniques to QE 2’s other guests and give a lecture (I still have the notes!).
It was a very memorable voyage in many ways, thank you Cunard and the good people in the agency who set the project up.
I was encourage to take my wife and we were generously put on deck 1 and nourished in the best restaurant, “The Queen’s Grill”.
Knowing there were many very bright people onboard, I turned the “lecture” into what became a popular interactive talk.
Some of the friendships made on that voyage still endure.
My previous experience of Cunard was limited to painting a night scene of their famous record holder, “Mauretania” http://www.frickers.co.uk/marine-art/mauretania.html, available direct from our page http://www.frickers.co.uk/prints.html as a limited edition.
There was an entire restaurant dedicated to Mauretania including a splendid quality large model of her onboard QE2.
It never featured one of my prints though, nor did the onboard shops. I don’t go to the right cock tail parties!
Do you know decision makers in Cunard?
It’s worth a free complementary copy, please put us in touch. It would be mutually beneficial and the guests would love the prints.
So why post the Queen?
Because of a friendship started in 1989 when I was part of a group who visited Miami and the port to view and officially visit some of the great cruise liners.
Among others I was fortunate to become a friend of Bob Lenzer.
Bob who lives in land locked Dallas, Texas.
He is some thing of an authority on cruise ships and liners.
Bob Lenzer is very knowledgeable, you can read an example of his work http://www.frickers.co.uk/marine-art/norway_miami.html
Bob is currently writing a book on Queen Elizabeth 2.
Thus we have agreed he can use any of my photographs in return “for a generous credit” (and a few beers if ever we meet again).
I might even be persuaded to make a painting for his book.
I tend to the view, a good painting always finds a buyer eventually hence my very comprehensive gaurantee on my web site ( http://www.frickers.co.uk/blog/how-to-order/).
If you have QE 2 memories and photos particularly taken onboard, I am quietly confident Bob will be pleased to hear from you.
Bob Lenzer can be contacted here via info
Would you like to contribute anecdotes or photos for possible inclusion in Bob Lenzer’s new book on QE2?
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