Richard: I was on the set four times--two in the daytime and two at night. I don't recall if it was too hot, but in southern California, it's pretty nice all year round. The filming was completed long before Memorial Day, 1979 because that's when Ed Kamuda came out to California and stayed with us. We went to the Queen Mary and the prop lifeboat was still on the deck starboard side just below the entrance to the bridge. I can't remember if the prop luggage was still on the dock, but on one of my visits to the Queen Mary, I managed to carefully peel off the replica White Star Line luggage stickers and they are now in the THS collection.
I saw the filming of the daytime scene with the Astors, Ismay and Captain Smith on a raised deck near the stern, and one deck below was Beesley and Leigh, Another deck below were the Third Class passengers. That's the main scene shown in my movies on YouTube. I walked with the actor who played Captain Smith and we talked about the statue to the real captain in his home town of Litchfield, England. I have a shot of the actor who played Mrs Astor and her assistant walking by the camera. I watched the filming of the scene where Beesley was talking to Leigh on the boat deck, which was really filmed at night. Also, I watched the filming of the scene where Beesley was talking to Leigh on the Carpathia after being rescued, filmed in the forward well deck area. The actors stood at the rail and the camera was down in the well deck looking up toward the stern of the Queen Mary. There was a Carpathia lifering to let the audience know where the action was taking place, and the actors stood on boxes to be high enough above the rail.
I saw the scene filmed in the Second Class Library set with a bearded man in the foreground and Leigh reading at a table. I got some stationary from that set, thanks to Susan St.James!
I watched the filming of the bridge scenes when the Titanic hit the iceberg, and those scenes were filmed before nightfall with a giant tarp over the bridge windows to keep out the light. Then when it got dark, there were giant lights placed outside the starboard side of the ship to film the sailing scene where Ismay is talking to the captain. I can't understand why they didn't take advantage of the natural light for the conversation and then film the hitting the iceberg scene in the real dark, but that's Hollywood! There was a scene filmed the first night of the Captain on that platform on the starboard side above the prop lifeboat, and I believe that scene is in my movies. My family and I stayed two nights on the ship, and we visited the set two other days. Robert H. Gibbons