HRH The Princess Royal Announces TS Queen Mary will Sail Again

Sesvete HRH The Princess Royal today announced that TS Queen Mary will sail on the Firth of Clyde, once again.

In the most important development yet in the restoration of the ship – named after her great grandmother – The Princess Royal made the announcement on a visit to Pacific Quay, in Glasgow.

It comes three years to the day since The Princess Royal became its Royal Patron and it is hoped TS Queen Mary will be back in service offering cruises by the summer of 2024.

The announcement reflects a change of plan by the Friends of TS Queen Mary – tasked with its restoration – which has been “overwhelmed by the generosity of corporate donors and individuals” who are keen to see the ship restored to its former glory.

Originally, it was planned that TS Queen Mary would be permanently berthed at Pacific Quay next to Glasgow Science Centre and have a heritage and maritime training focus while connecting Glasgow and its citizens to the ship.

Now it has been decided she will sail again, supporting the post-pandemic recovery and providing a boost to Scotland’s tourism generally and notably Clyde coast resorts such as Rothesay and Dunoon, which were familiar destinations.

Since restoration work began, Friends of TS Queen Mary have raised and invested £3.8 million of cash and in-kind support in the project.

Many supporters have given generously of their time and resources. This reflects TS Queen Mary’s pre-eminence and unrivalled international appeal.

A number of celebrities also have pledged their support, including actor and author Robbie Coltrane OBE, who remains Patron of the charity.

During the restoration TS Queen Mary has forged strong links with City of Glasgow College which, among its many courses, offers Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering qualifications. Its cadets have already been making use of the vessel and will continue to do so when she sets sail again.

This has enabled the creation of the “TS Queen Mary Skills and Training Academy” and the first UK cadet ship.

Iain Sim, Chairman of the Friends of Queen Mary said the announcement that TS Queen Mary will resume cruising once again after 47 years was a “landmark day” in the proud history of a beloved ship.

Iain said: “It is entirely fitting that this announcement should be made by HRH The Princess Royal given the strong family connection TS Queen Mary has – not just to her great grandmother Queen Mary after whom the ship is named – but to the wider Royal Family. While TS Queen Mary’s incredible history can only be understood looking backwards, her legacy must be lived looking forward.”

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