Restoring the TS Queen Mary

Friends of TS Queen Mary

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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29.11.21 - TS Queen Mary Welcomes No 1 Young Superfan Back On Board!It was such a pleasure to welcome back on board Master Arran Budge from Oban yesterday. You may recall, Arran had fundraised for TS Queen Mary previously and yesterday he presented a cheque to the Charity for £220 - all money he had saved up during lockdown. What a star! Head of Marine, Captain Mark Yeomans, in turn presented Arran with a special souvenir glass panel showing the ship’s original 1933 crest. A huge thank you to Arran and his parents (Norman and Karen) for visiting us over the weekend - and indeed, to all of our visitors who braved the chilly winds to come and tour the ship. A final thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers who supported the tours.FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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27.11.21 - Limited Places Still Available for Tomorrow’s Tours (Sunday 28th November)Many thanks to our tour visitors today for your warmth, interest and support. It was such a pleasure to have you on board.There are still a few places available on tomorrow’s 13:00 and 14:30 tours, which can be booked directly through the link in our Facebook event section.We bid you goodnight by sharing a couple of photos taken this evening, showing our intrepid band of tour volunteers locking up and - quite literally - heading off into the sunset!FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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21.11.21 - Additional Tickets Released for Next Weekend’s ToursYesterday, it was a huge pleasure to welcome back on board two of our dearest TS Queen Mary supporters, Shirley Richmond and Marion Swindell. They were accompanied by their friends Greta and Audrey. Truly wonderful ladies, all four!If you would like a chance to come on board and view the restoration work before the next major phase commences in the new year, additional tickets have just been released for the tour weekend on the 27th and 28th November. Simply click on the tour link in the event section of our Facebook page and select your preferred day and time.FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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05.11.21 - TS Queen Mary from Above!We are grateful to Glasgow based production studio HawkAye for allowing us to share their stunning cityscape, capturing the Scottish Event Campus and the mighty River Clyde at night. You may recognise a couple of familiar ladies sitting (wonderfully illuminated) at their Glasgow Science Centre berths!#glasgow #COP26 FOTSQM ... See MoreSee Less
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