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buy cheap priligy uk 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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15.06.22 - Remembering Mr Archie McArthur - A Man Who Chartered a Queen!It was a great pleasure to welcome Lesley-Anne McHarg and her husband John on board the ship recently. Lesley-Anne brought along a scrapbook and memorabilia which vividly tell the story of the time her grandfather, Archie McArthur, chartered “Britain’s Finest Pleasure Steamer” - our very own TS Queen Mary! The charter took place in 1950 and we thought you’d like to hear an account in Lesley-Anne and Archie's own words:“My granda's name was Archie McArthur. He was a scientific instrument maker in the navy. When granda left the navy in 1947, he couldn’t find work in that field and so took a job as a machine setter in an engineering company in Glasgow called AP Newall. Granda was a really sociable guy and had quite quickly formed a welfare committee within AP Newall. He had successfully arranged days out, together with a Christmas party for the children of the workers. Granda’s dream though, was to arrange an affordable day out for every worker and their families, so around 1400 to 1500 people. Granda contacted the shipping company to enquire about the hire of a paddle steamer for a trip “doon the watter”. The shipping company wrote back saying that they didn’t have a paddle steamer big enough to accommodate so many people, but they did have The Queen Mary II which granda could charter for the day at a cost of £2000. And so the planning began. Granda wrote to the Lord Provost of Rothesay's office, telling them of his plan and enquiring if there were facilities to accommodate 1500 people for lunch and an evening meal. Also, if there was a park available for games and entertainment. The Lord Provost was very accommodating and provided a list of hotels happy to participate and offered granda the use of “the meadows” for the games and entertainment side of things. That done, it came down to raising the money. This next part is in granda’s own words from a booklet he wrote about his life… “At the next committee meeting I reported on what I had put in place in Rothesay and we discussed how to raise the £2000 for the hire of the ship and money for 2 meals per person on the day. I explained that I had made some rough calculations and found that if we started to collect 2/6 from each of the workers for the next 14 weeks, that would give us £2537 and at a time nearer to the cruise we would collect a further 10 shillings from each worker which would make the cost of their cruise, 2 meals and all their entertainment 45 shillings which even the lowest paid worker would realise was a cheap day out.”The date of the outing was set for May 20th 1950 (the 17th anniversary of TS Queen Mary’s maiden voyage). The ship set sail from Bridge Wharf at 9am to the musical strains of the Dennistoun and District pipe band, and with the sun shining down! Every person received a “boarding card” which showed which hotel their meals would be served in at Rothesay, with the corresponding times. Every person also received a souvenir programme which showed all the onboard entertainment for both the outward and inward journeys. The onboard entertainment included a series of 15 minute concerts from a Milngavie amateur dramatic club called the “41 Club”. There was a small band consisting of a drummer, a violinist and an accordionist who played music on the deck for those people who wished to dance. There was also a choir of six girls and three men who moved around the ship and led the cruisers in community singing. There was all of this, and lots more as the souvenir programme shows. The whole day was a great success and was reported in the local paper, The Evening Citizen, that day.I am immensely proud of my granda for making his dreams a reality. The amount of effort and planning required to organise a day like that - with everything that went with it - must have been immense. Well done, Granda!!!”Lesley-Anne McHargThank you so much for sharing this wonderful family story with us, Lesley-Anne!FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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13.06.22 - Clow Group Supports TS Queen MaryWe are very grateful to Clow Group Ltd for undertaking the annual testing of TS Queen Mary's lifting appliances and gangways.Captain Mark Yeomans (Head of Marine) says:"The team from Clow Group Ltd attended TS Queen Mary last Monday and load-tested the vessel's davits and gangways. The testing was a success and I am delighted that we have been issued with updated certification for the kit". The load-testing is an annual gift from Clow Group Ltd and it has saved the Charity a great deal of money. We are indebted to Cameron Clow and his team for their ongoing generous support of TS Queen Mary.FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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02.06.22 - Thank You Ma'am for the Last 70 Years!Friends of TS Queen Mary wish to send huge congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen, as the Nation and the Commonwealth celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.FOTSQMPhoto: Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret accompany their Mother on board TS Queen Mary in October 1946. © British Pathé. Used under License. ... See MoreSee Less
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18.05.22 - Scale and PerspectiveLast week our talented interior designer, Elysia Dyson (of WDC Creative) was asked to deliver a presentation on a passion project. Of course, she chose TS Queen Mary!Elysia created an amazing rendering showing - for scale and context - how TS Queen Mary would look in Manchester's Stevensons Square. The answer is - drum roll - pretty big!Our thanks to Jason West and the team at WDC Creative for allowing us to share the image.FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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