QE2 troop carrier for the Falklands conflict May/June 1982


I know that many of you attending the QE2 50 year conference will be looking forward to hearing conference speaker, David Humphreys talk about his experience of sailing with QE2 as a member of the volunteer crew, to the Falklands conflict.

Here are some of the key dates:

  • 3 May 1982 Captain Hutcheson makes a formal announcement to passengers and crew that QE2 will be withdrawn from commercial service upon arrival in Southampton as the ship had been requisitioned by the government
  • 5 May 1982 work begins to convert QE2 into a troop carrier
  • 12 May 1982 QE2 sets sail for the Falkland Islands
  • 26 May 1982 QE2 arrives in the active war zone in the South Atlantic
  • 29 May 1982 Approximately 640 survivors of the lost HMS Ardent, HMS Coventry, and HMS Antelope join QE2
  • 11 June 1982 QE2 ended her longest non-stop voyage, having sailed for 6,976 miles from South Georgia

Planning for the QE2 50 Year Conference

The planning for the QE2 50 year conference has mainly been done by a committee of three people based in Scotland, who are QE2 enthusiasts.  Next week they will be visiting the Clydebank Town Hall for a site visit, to check out some of the finer details.

Only 15 tickets left for sale, so if you are planning to come along we would advise you to purchase ticket soon.

The Conference ticket page has all the details of how you can purchase ticket.

Tickets are still available for the Saturday boat trip down the River Clyde to Clydebank, with the option to visit the Titan Crane.

Sailing down the Clyde 23 September

It is a lovely sunny day in Scotland today and although we cannot guarantee the weather for the sail down the River Clyde to Clydebank on 23 September, we can guarantee that the committee have planned a fantastic event.  Tickets continue to sell well and we hope that you will join us on the day.  Have a look at the Saturday event page for more details and a link to book your tickets.

Saturday 23 September Event

I was really pleased to see that the QE2 Story are organising a one off event on Saturday 23 September, the day after the QE2 50 year conference.

This is a unique opportunity to sail from the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, to the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard at Clydebank, with the option to go up to the top of the Titan Crane, before the return journey up the Clyde.

You can read more details on the Saturday Events page where you will be able to purchase tickets from Thursday 16 March

Promoting the conference

We are pleased that Cruise Capital are supporting the event by promoting the event on their website and through social media.

Jordan Bailey, Travel Journalist, has written an article “Remembering QE2: 50 years since the Queen of the seas was launched”

Good article that highlights QE2’s anniversary and the QE2 Story conference planned for 22 September in Clydebank, which I hope you can attend. Tickets are still available and can be purchased from the Tickets page

I hope you will also celebrate QE2’s anniversary by buying the special edition QE2 50 year badge from the QE2 Story shop