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13.05.24 – Queen Mary’s Steel Deck UpdateWe are delighted to report that all of Queen Mary’s steel deck (boat deck level) is now in place. Since our last update on this aspect of the project (in January) a huge amount of work has been undertaken by Marine Projects Scotland Ltd.All of the remaining timber on the boat deck was lifted, and the beams underneath inspected and prepared for the new steel. Localised repairs were undertaken as required, with some areas found to be in poor condition (especially in the area around the old Captain’s cabin).All of the plates are tack-welded to the beams and held securely in place with brackets. The welders are currently working on the fillet welds (which join the plates to the ship’s side) and will move on to the butt welding in due course. Once that has been completed, almost 200 intercostal stiffeners will be welded to the underside of the deck. Even though 8mm high-tensile steel has been used, Queen Mary has wider scantlings on the boat deck than those below; the intercostals ensure that the new deck meets class rules.The rest of the team is now moving down to the promenade deck to start the process all over again!In today’s photos (all provided courtesy of Marine Projects Scotland Ltd) you can see:– Aerial shots of the deck with two plates remaining to be slotted in – The front saloon with the "roof off" and without the bridge atop– A unique shot of the prom deck stairway (soon to be removed)– New steel deck being laid– Beams being inspected and repaired– An example of frame corrosion (where repairs were required)– Removal of Queen Mary’s old funnel base plate– Completion of the timber removal.FOTSQM@followers#maritime #engineering #photooftheday See MoreSee Less
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09.05.24 – Aye Aye Capstan!We are pleased to report that Queen Mary’s aft capstan has been delivered to Hyserve, in Gateshead, for a full inspection.The capstan has not operated since Queen Mary left service in 1977. The team at Hyserve are working with Marine Projects Scotland Ltd to investigate potential engineering solutions to allow both capstans to be returned to the ship in full working order.In today’s photos you can see the aft capstan being removed from Queen Mary (Aug 2023), being off-loaded at Hyserve’s Gateshead facility and, finally, sitting on the workshop floor awaiting inspection. We are grateful to our project manager, Peter Breslin, for kindly delivering the capstan to Gateshead. FOTSQM See MoreSee Less
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06.05.24 – Queen Mary’s Rudder and Steel DeckIn today’s photos you can see Queen Mary’s original rudder being packed at Bullet Express‘s distribution centre, awaiting shipping to Wills Ridley Ltd, in Cornwall. Meanwhile, on board Queen Mary Marine Projects Scotland Ltd has got the new steel deck (on the boat deck) almost fully in place.In today’s other photo (taken from where the original stairway ran from the boat deck to the prom deck) you can see the new steel deck fully laid all the way aft. There are now just two sections of deck (port and starboard) to be fitted. The team on board are cropping out the last of the old margin plates and are shaping the plates to fit. A full steel deck update will follow in the near future. FOTSQM See MoreSee Less
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02.05.24 – Queen Mary’s Rudder for RepairWe are pleased to report that Queen Mary’s original rudder has been shipped to Wills Ridley, in Cornwall, for a full inspection.Once the inspection has been completed, a condition report and a proposal for repair will be prepared. In today’s photos you can see Queen Mary’s rudder stored on site at Govan Dock, and being loaded by Marine Projects Scotland Ltd on to a lorry for shipping. We are very grateful to Bullet Express for providing the shipping to Cornwall free of charge.FOTSQM See MoreSee Less
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29.04.24 – Keynote Address from Our Royal PatronIt is with pleasure that we can share with you the latest keynote address from our Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. This is the the third such address which Her Royal Highness has made since 2022, when she announced that TS Queen Mary would be re-engined and would sail British waters once more. This latest address was delivered at a very special 90th anniversary event at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel, last month. Friends of TS Queen Mary@followers See MoreSee Less
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19.04.24 – Ship Ahoy! Scotland’s Maritime Heritage ExhibitionFriends of TS Queen Mary is honoured to be among the organisations exhibiting at the annual ‘Ship Ahoy!’ Maritime Heritage Exhibition TOMORROW at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine. Always a great family day out, entry is FREE and the exhibition (featuring a wide array of steamer models, displays and memorabilia) is open from 10:00 – 16:00. FOTSQM See MoreSee Less
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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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