An iconic steamship restored with our marine coatings is about to set sail once again after originally being destined for a permanent berth as a maritime heritage center.
Regarded as the vanguard of 1930s Scottish engineering, the TS Queen Mary will be back in service offering cruises on the Firth of Clyde by the summer of 2024.
The original intention was for it to be based at Pacific Quay next to Glasgow Science Center, where it would have had a heritage and maritime training focus. The new plan was announced by HRH The Princess Royal in March 2022.
Built in 1933 and the last of its class in the world, the 252ft vessel is a legacy of Scotland’s great shipbuilding industry and was saved from being scrapped in 2015.
After being found rusting in an Essex dockyard, a two-year battle ensued to buy the vessel and tow her 700 nautical miles back to Greenock. Even actor Robbie Coltrane got involved. He became patron of the Friends of TS Queen Mary charity and launched a fundraising campaign to help pay for the multi-million pound restoration.