Watson Foundation’s Helping Hand for TS Queen Mary

TS Queen Mary has been given a significant financial boost to help combat the coronavirus crisis. We have received a “substantial donation” to mitigate the devastating effects of the health emergency.

Cash help from The Watson Foundation will replace money lost when our public tours were cancelled at the start of the lockdown, wiping out a vital income stream which pays for all of the revenue costs incurred in keeping TS Queen Mary at Glasgow Science Centre.

The Watson Foundation was created by philanthropist and businessman John Watson OBE following his retirement from the eponymous world-renowned and Glasgow-based printing dynasty John Watson and Company. The Foundation has been an ongoing contributor to the restoration work of the ship.

Previous donations from The Watson Foundation have included funding to help restore the magnificent teak decks and for window repairs.

The donation ensures that TS Friends of Queen Mary can meet all of the ongoing costs which would normally be covered by revenue from the cancelled monthly tours. These include berthing fees and also the very significant cost of insuring the vessel.

Iain Sim (Chairman) said:

“John Watson OBE has been a very generous patron of TS Queen Mary since she returned to Glasgow. I am delighted that The Watson Foundation has made this substantial gift. It is especially important since all of the charity’s capital is committed to delivering the detailed design phase of the restoration project”.

John Watson OBE said:

“The restoration of this magnificent ship will bring huge benefits to the City of Glasgow and the Govan community where it is berthed both in terms of education and heritage. It is essential that this goal is reached and The Watson Foundation is pleased to be helping to make this happen.”

Crawford Paterson (Vice Chairman) said:

“The challenge which covid-19 has presented to all charities has been monumental. We do not receive any public funding and rely entirely on donations to fund our revenue costs. The substantial reduction of that revenue due to the cancellation of our monthly tours would have had a very negative impact on our project, were it not for the quite wonderful generosity of The Watson Foundation”.