Dry Dock Diary – Part 4 – 6th June

Part 4 of TS Queen Mary’s dry dock diary picks up her tow just abeam Finlaystone Country Estate.

Having made excellent time on the run down river, word was received that a tug had suffered a burst pipe whilst in dry dock, and was unable to leave.

Captains Teale and Howie decided to bring TS Queen Mary to a full stop abeam Inchgreen Dry Dock. The children out playing in the nearby housing estate probably had never seen anything like Queen Mary before and soon she was gathering a lot of interest. You know you’ve caught the eye when two drones appear from nowhere and start filming!

With high water fast approaching it was starting to become rather “touch and go” as to whether or not Queen Mary would make the dry dock entrance at high water, or have to go in alongside James Watt Dock.

The bridge team kept in close contact with the team at Garvel Clyde, and the decision was made to re-start the tow at dead slow ahead.

TS Queen Mary literally inched along, with all eyes on the dock looking for a telltale sign of exhaust gas in the sky, to indicate that the tug was on the move.

Finally – and with not much time to spare – the pipe repair was completed and the tug was able to leave, as TS Queen Mary was starting her turn to approach the dock.

Captains Teale and Howie expertly piloted the ship slowly towards the dock entrance, the increasing breeze making the process just that little bit trickier.

About one hour behind schedule TS Queen Mary was brought safely alongside the wharf in front of the gates, and lines were put ashore. Two squads of men from Garvel Clyde (assisted by a stern tug) then pulled the ship into the dock.

Once in position the dock was pumped out and TS Queen Mary was on the blocks by 1800.

Over the next three days the yard worked to remove all of the marine growth from the lower hull, in order to make it available for survey. Work also began on blasting the ship’s superstructure (both port and starboard).

Today started with a naval architect, surveyor and NDT team meeting, from 0900 till 1100. The survey work proper then kicked off, with the external hull plates and keel receiving the most attention.

Elsewhere in the dock the team was making great progress with UHP blasting the superstructure (you can see in today’s pictures Queen Mary’s freshly cleaned stern).

All of the scaffolding needed to pull the shafts and rudder was built, with that job scheduled to kick-off tomorrow.

Finally, measurements were taken in order to scale to the correct size TS Queen Mary’s new 2D bow lettering, which will be instated later in the week.