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on 09/01/2015 at 06:15
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A couple of days ago i was watching the amazing documentary "Deep Water" as i was watching Robin Knox-Johnstone sail back across finishing line i saw a ship that looked a lot like Queen of the Isles. Today i thought i will have a look and see if the Queen was ever in the region at the time. Then i found this site, what a shock. When i was 14 yrs old my Father Bernie Muir was one of the Engineers that delivered the Queen from NZ (from Memory) to Cairns. He stayed on for sometime in numerous rolls i think he went on to become a General Manager. As a kid i had so many good times on board the Queen. I was onboard the Queen during the original fit out in Cairns for Royal Tropic Cruise lines and made many trips up to TI and back. I remember Vicki, Tony, Bob the Bossun, Mark and his Family, Wayne Gill and the owner who was investigated for trying to blow the Queen up with his wife onboard, I still have not heard the full story. My Father passed in 1998 from Asbestosis. This part of my fathers life was one that i will never forget. I have so many great memories of the crew who looked after me while onboard. Love to see more photos. My Father is the guy with stripped shirt and carrying the video camera with crew tied up at Trinity Wharf. I'm the Kid sitting in the life raft next to Bob the Bossun. I think that shot was taken at Cape York. a couple of years ago i was looking through Trader Boat magazine and i saw that Life raft for sale. I would have loved to of got hold of it.
     
on 04/11/2014 at 23:46
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Well done on a brilliant website.

I stumbled across the site when researching the Queen of the Islands for a build of a 1/250 scale card model that I am building.

Did you know you can download a free card model of her from the following website?
       
on 17/11/2013 at 23:39
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1987 Journal Entry for my then husband Ed Hartley and myself.In Cardwell we had booked and paid for a week long, Maiden Voyage Cruise Of the MV Noel Buxton from Cairns to Thursday Island. When we arrived in Cairns we looked for the address of the Steamship Company to find it was vacant. Nerves were settled when we found the office at a different address and we checked in.

A ‘Paddle Wheel’ boat ride around the Harbour and we get our first glimpse of the MV Noel Buxton. A better look, once we are back on shore, is a little disconcerting. Welders are frantically welding the rail around the Fan Tail shaped stern. Painters, delivery vans, buzzed around like bees, Ed, suffering a panic attack. We met the crew and fellow passengers and the anxious new owner. Eighteen passengers, and six crew have drinks in the salon. At 8P.M. It is dark and we leave, on time.
Soon it is raining heavily and the seas become rough and the passengers head for their cabins. Choosing the lee side washrooms to avoid ‘backwash’ of the direct flush toilets.
March 10
Sleep eluded us and several people did not show up for breakfast. “Col” busily dispensed seasick tablets and tea as we head for Lizard Island.
The weather gradually clears but the sea is still choppy when we reach the Research Station Island, and are transferred by dingy. We are in the first boatload and while we wait we walk along the shore spotting
       
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