Restoring the TS Queen Mary

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TS Queen Mary is a British icon.

She was built in 1933 by the world famous shipyard William Denny and Brothers, for Williamson Buchanan Steamers. The 252 ft “pocket liner” is the original “Queen Mary”, giving up her name in 1934 in deference to Cunard’s new liner (becoming TS Queen Mary II) before reclaiming it in 1976.

She is the largest and most luxurious steamship ever built to serve Glasgow and the west of Scotland, and in that role she carried 13,000 passengers each week. During WW2 she maintained lifeline services on the Clyde. She carried Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), Her Majesty The Queen (then the Princess Elizabeth), the Princess Margaret and Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt.

After her retirement she was relocated to London and served the community there from 1987 until 2009.
She is now the last of her kind in the world and is listed in the Core 40 fleet of the UK’s National Historic Ship register, as a ship of national pre-eminence.

Since taking ownership in 2015, the Charity has raised and invested almost £3M GBP of a £6M GBP target. Our vision is to restore TS Queen Mary and re-open her at Glasgow Science Centre, as a heritage destination and education/training centre, where an estimated 150,000 people each year will visit her.

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We invite you to be a part of our exciting restoration campaign – the most significant redevelopment of TS Queen Mary in her history. With your help we will have a Queen fit for the 21st century. Her iconic status and heritage will be preserved, but she will be repurposed for contemporary roles that will ensure she is part of Britain’s cultural and economic fabric for years to come. Your gifts will enable and inspire: innovation, apprenticeships, economic growth, education, heritage preservation and tourism. Your engagement and commitment as donors will be pivotal.


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08.09.21 - She’s Got the Look....Or Will Have Again!We hope to be able to share some new computer generated images with you soon, to show how TS Queen Mary’s exterior will look, once fully restored. Suffice it to say, with two towering masts and two sturdy funnels, she will not be a far cry from this wonderful photograph taken in 1956 - albeit moored at her permanent berth.If you would like to support the ship and get her looking like her majestic self once more, please consider donating through our or through the donate button at the top of this Facebook page. Many thanks.FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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05.09.21 - Tour Spaces Still Available for Sunday 12th SeptemberThere are only a few spaces remaining for next Sunday’s Autumn tours of TS Queen Mary. Tours are free and include complimentary refreshments and snacks. Come along and hear about TS Queen Mary’s rich history and see the new plans for the ships key interior spaces.Click on the tour times on the event post (pinned to the top of this page) to book your ticket!FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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01.09.21 - Photo Treat of the WeekA sunny start to September this morning in Glasgow. From the Richard Orr collection, another photo gem - this time from June 1977. Looking down from TS Queen Mary’s boat deck (which is in the process of being hosed), you can see Waverley canting off TS Queen Mary’s bow at Anderston Quay.Sadly, this was to be TS Queen Mary’s final season in service before she was retired.FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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26.08.21 - TS Queen Mary’s Most Southerly Sailing?Before TS Queen Mary retired and was ultimately towed to London, we understand that the farthest south she sailed was to Stranraer in 1975 on a CRSC charter. If you know different and have photos or video footage to prove to the contrary, please let us know!Here are two shots of the charter from the Richard Orr collection, which capture the ship at the terminal on the 6th September that year.FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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