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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07.05.21 - Spring Clean for TS Queen MaryAs lockdown restrictions ease and with a view (fingers crossed!) to being able to offer tours once more, our volunteers have been hard at work in recent weeks undertaking various maintenance tasks aboard TS Queen Mary. This week, we have been able to turn our attention to repainting areas of the ship. In today's photos you can see the progress being made on Queen Mary's promenade deck (including transverse beams) and starboard side-shell.Bruce Goucher (one of our stalwart volunteers) has carefully re-applied Queen Mary's brown stripes, whilst - just today - access was taken via a cherry picker in order to facilitate access for touching up her white paintwork.All in all, TS Queen Mary is looking rather smart!FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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03.05.21 - TS Queen Mary Work PartySome limited maintenance work parties have been able to restart aboard TS Queen Mary. One of this weekend’s jobs was to re-coat the ship’s rudder, as you can see from today’s photo. FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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21.04.21 - "Naval Architect" Journal Features TS Queen Mary We are delighted that the project to restore TS Queen Mary has been featured in this month's "Naval Architect", the journal of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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13.04.21 - TS Queen Mary Partners with Strathclyde Law SchoolWe are delighted to be able to share this film, which spotlights a new post-graduate law course created by the team at the University of Strathclyde's Law School, called "Project Management for Lawyers".Described by the Law Society of Scotland as "innovative", the PML course is a great example of the Charity working collaboratively with an education partner of international renown, to use TS Queen Mary as a platform for experiential learning.The Law School's Mrs Frances Murray, and Trustees Iain Sim and Peter Galletly, talk about the background to the course and the topics it covers. They are joined by two current students, who explain the benefits they have derived from studying PML.The Trustees look forward to working with the University of Strathclyde's School of Law in developing the course further, in the years to come. It is fitting that TS Queen Mary is not just being restored, but also is being repurposed as unique education resource for young people.FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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12.04.21 - Murdoch Forrest Charitable Trust DonationWe are delighted to share with you that the Murdoch Forrest Charitable Trust has pledged £2,000 towards the outfitting of the Queen's Restaurant. This generous donation means that we have now raised half of our target amount for the restoration of this space. We are indebted to the Trustees for their support.FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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