A collection of photos of some of
the people who have commanded
the great ship .
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This is a photo essay of the captains of QE2 during the period 1987
through the present - - the diesel-electric period . Each man had his own style
of command. In addition, the ship reflected the personality of its captain during
his period of command.
Left: Captain Lawrence Portet. A tall, silent figure, Portet gave
passengers a feeling of confidence.
Captain Alan Bennell.
Captain Bennell had an
easy, jubilant style that
Unfortunately, his tenure
as master was cut short by
his untimely death from
stomach cancer. Left:
Captain Bennell fielding
questions from passengers
during a captain's
interview in the Grand
Captain Robin Woodall
- - personable and
regarded highly by his
officers for his
Left: Captain Woodall,
an avid sailboat
yachtsman in his leisure
time, gives an
demonstration in knots
tying at a repeat
Woodall at a
presentation of a
portrait by artist Valda
Captain Keith Stanley. Quite down to earth and approachable, Stanley's
other commands included Cunard Princess. Above: Captain Stanley
accepting an award on behalf of QE2 in the officer's wardroom.
Commodore John Burton-Hall.
The first captain to obtain the
rank of commodore of the Cunard
fleet in several years, Burton-Hall
led the ship during some of the
most trying times.
Left: Commodore Burton-Hall
overseeing QE2's departure from
Right: During a parade in the
Mauretania Dining Room.
Commodore Ronald Warwick. The son of QE2's first commanding officer, Commodore William Warwick CBE,
Commodore R. Warwick is the author of an authoritative history of QE2. He went on to be the first master of Cunard's
QUEEN MARY 2. Above left: Commodore Warwick with his wife Kim. Above right: On the bridge of QE2.
Captain Paul Wright. After commanding QE2, Captain Wright went on to command QUEEN MARY 2 and was
the first master of Cunard's QUEEN VICTORIA. Above right: Captain Wright at the bridge wing controls
docking QE2 in New York.
Captain Roland Hassell. Above left: Captain Hassell enjoying the Baked Alaska Parade, a tradition in QE2's main dining
rooms. Above right: Captain Hassell on the bridge wing in New York.
Captain Ray Heath.
After being Staff Captain
on QE2, Ray Heath
became the popular
commander of the former
VISTAFJORD which had
been transformed from a
Norwegian style ship into
a British style ship
renamed CARONIA. He
subsequently returned to
QE2 as master. Left:
Captain Heath at the
wheel of Caronia.
Right: Captain Heath
speaking at the Cornell
Club of New York.
Captain Nick Bates.
Fun loving and a delightful
conversationalist, Bates is
also an excellent seaman.
His commands included
CARONIA as well as several
Princess ships including the
Left: Captain Bates on the
bridge wing in Miami.
After Carnival Corporation acquired Princess
Cruises, it was decided that officers from Cunard
should obtain some experience on the modern
cruise ships in the Princess fleet and that some of
the officers from Princess should gain some
experience with the traditional Cunard fleet. Left:
Captain Christopher Rynd had commanded many
of Princess' ships, including the original "Love
Boat" PACIFIC PRINCESS as well as several of
the giant Grand-class ships, prior to coming to
QE2. He went on to command QUEEN MARY 2
and QUEEN VICTORIA.
Captain David Perkins. After serving
as Staff Captain on QE2, Perkins
commanded a number of ships for
affiliated lines and then returned to
QE2 and, amongst other things,
brought her home from her farewell
Captain Ian McNaught. Very popular
with passengers for his sincere
passion for QE2, McNaught rose
through the officer ranks on QE2. At
the other end of the size spectrum, his
other commands have included the
SEA GODDESS luxury yachts.
Below right: Bea Muller, the
passenger with the most time on QE2,
speaks with Captain McNaught while
Captain Christopher Wells looks on.