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31.03.24 – Princess Royal Leads Queen Mary’s 90th CelebrationsWe are delighted that our Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, was able to come to Glasgow to host a special event to round off TS Queen Mary’s 90th anniversary.During the event at the city’s Hilton Hotel, Her Royal Highness met some of the supporters, volunteers and funders involved in the restoration of Queen Mary. Her Royal Highness also delivered a keynote address outlining the progress made over the course of the last year. It was noted that:– Fundraising has reached the £5M mark (in cash and in-kind)– Queen Mary’s two funnels, navigation bridge and deck furniture have been removed– 151 windows and portholes have been removed– The original Burmese teak boat deck has been lifted and repairs made to the deck beams – New 8mm steel decks are being installed. A wooden plaque (using some of Queen Mary’s original teak decking) was carved by Steven Higgins (of Three Four Five Furniture) to mark the occasion, and this was presented to Her Royal Highness by Miss Rebecca Casey (aged 16). A framed picture of the ship (taken in 1956) was also presented, by Master Joe McGroarty (aged 10).Iain Sim (Chairman) said: “We were delighted to welcome back to Glasgow our Royal Patron HRH The Princess Royal. Our ongoing endeavour to ensure TS Queen Mary sails again on the Clyde continues to gather pace with some significant progress in the last year.“We feel very privileged to have HRH The Princess Royal as our Royal Patron – celebrating, as it does the important link with the Royal Family which the ship is renowned for.”In today’s photos you can see: – Our Trustees (Michael McLaughlin and Russell Watson) welcoming The Princess Royal– The Princess Royal meeting our project manager, Peter Breslin– The Princess Royal delivering her keynote address – The beautiful teak deck plaque – The presentations from Rebecca Casey and Joe McGroarty.Friends of TS Queen Mary@followers See MoreSee Less
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07.03.24 – TS Queen Mary’s Crest Gets a Makeover!We are exceptionally grateful to Jason West and Megan Frazer of WDC Creative for taking TS Queen Mary’s original ship’s crest and – for the first time in over 90 years – dressing it in colour and adding new depth and definition. It looks quite splendid, indeed!The crest bears the house flag of Williamson-Buchanan Steamers Ltd (the ship’s original owners) and was a feature on windows in the captain’s cabin and purser’s office. The intriguing crescent moon and star on the house flag originated from Captain Alex Williamson Senior’s house flag, used on his 19th century Clyde steamers, Sultan, Sultana and Viceroy – the so-called "Turkish Fleet".In this short video from WDC, we can see the recent redrawing of the crest – from the 1933 Denny’s shipyard concept, to the latest rendering. FOTSQMFriends of TS Queen Mary #graphicdesign #marinedesign #glasgowlive See MoreSee Less
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05.02.24 – Thinking of Sunnier Times (Part 2)!After last night’s blustery weather, what better way to start your Monday than to think of sunnier summer days. Enjoy these fantastic shots of TS Queen Mary being towed to Glasgow on 28th June 2019, taken by Kevan McNeil from Tug Battler.Friends of TS Queen Mary@followers #mondaymotivation #shipping #engineering See MoreSee Less
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22.01.24 – Thinking of Sunnier Times!With all the recent cold and stormy weather, enjoy this delightful shot of TS Queen Mary from May 1977, during her final sailing season, taken by Richard Orr. The cruise formed part of a sailing programme from Caledonian MacBrayne which celebrated Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee year. Friends of TS Queen Mary@followers #mondaymotivation #ship #engineering See MoreSee Less
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05.01.24 – From Above…and Beyond!We are delighted to report that Marine Projects Scotland Ltd has made excellent progress over the festive period on TS Queen Mary’s new steel boat deck. A detailed update will be posted here next week. In the meantime, please enjoy the latest drone photo, kindly provided by our Project Manager, Peter Breslin.Friends of TS Queen Mary@followers#maritime #photooftheday #engineeringlife #glasgowlive See MoreSee Less
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26.12.23 – Boat Deck Update: 55% Down and 45% To Go!Marine Projects Scotland Ltd continues to make excellent progress on TS Queen Mary’s steel decks, with work on the boat deck having reached midships and 55% of the plates now in place.As work progresses forward the ship’s beams are inspected and prepared for the new steel. Localised repairs to the beams are undertaken as required.At this stage the plates are being tack-welded to the beams and held securely in place with brackets, in readiness for full penetrative welding (which will start early in January).Timber removal is also progressing well, with this particular job always scheduled to be one step ahead of the steelwork. Away from the ship various test welded plates have been sent for destructive testing (prior to full penetrative welding starting) and Seaglaze Marine Windows Ltd have completed the prototype (i.e. pre-manufacture) extrusions for Queen Mary’s new promenade deck windows. In today’s photos (provided courtesy of Marine Projects Scotland Ltd) you can see:– The new steel deck (looking forward and aft)– Brackets holding the deck in place (pending full pen welding)– The midship beams being inspected and repaired– An example of frame corrosion (where repairs are required)– Ongoing timber removalFrom everyone at Friends of TS Queen Mary, have a wonderful Boxing Day! Friends of TS Queen Mary#maritime #engineeringlife #photooftheday @followers See MoreSee Less
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24.12.23 – Merry Christmas from TS Queen Mary!The Trustees wish all of our supporters, corporate partners and our wonderful team of volunteers, a very merry Christmas! Our grateful thanks and best wishes also go to Peter Breslin and his team at Marine Projects Scotland Ltd who are undertaking this current phase of Queen Mary’s restoration at Govan Docks.Friends of TS Queen Mary See MoreSee Less
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04.12.23 – Sights of the 60sTo brighten up your Monday, today’s post will take us back to the 1960s to view some of the sights on the River Clyde, as seen from TS Queen Mary II. Covering the decade, these wonderful images have been provided courtesy of our Charity Associate, Mr Richard Orr.Friends of TS Queen Mary See MoreSee Less
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