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Save the TS Queen Mary

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Save the TS Queen Mary

Save the TS Queen Mary

Friends of TS Queen Mary By Friends of TS Queen Mary

The Charity owns Britain's last turbine pleasure steamer, the historic TS Queen Mary. Currently laid up in Tilbury (London) we aim to restore her and re-open her at Glasgow's Finnieston Quay.

Glasgow Idea stage

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The Charity’s vision is that TS Queen Mary will be towed from Tilbury and taken to a British shipyard, where she will be restored, in 2016.

We intend that TS Queen Mary will become a 5* visitor attraction, at Glasgow's Finnieston Quay.

She will enhance what is offered in the heart of the city, and compliment the Tall Ship Glenlee and the Paddle Steamer Waverley, which are already on the Clyde. But she will also be a unique “must see” destination in her own right, allowing visitors to experience the values, heritage, design and culture of the art-deco 1930s.

Those who sailed aboard her loved her. Numerous people and bodies in the United Kingdom, including our patron, the actor Robbie Coltrane OBE, have declared her an icon that must be preserved. Help us save TS Queen Mary - the last of her kind!

What we'll deliver:

  • Re-open TS Queen Mary alongside Glasgow's Finnieston Quay
  • Tow TS Queen Mary to a British shipyard, for restoration
  • Undertake essential repairs, at Tilbury (to obtain MCA permission for the voyage north)

Why it's a great idea:

TS Queen Mary was the vanguard of 1930s British engineering and is now the last of her kind. As such, she is a legacy of Scotland and the UK's great shipbuilding history. In her new role, she will be both a world-class example of maritime heritage conservation and an ambassador for the country.

TS Queen Mary will bring together generations. Parents and grandparents will be able to take younger generations aboard to share their childhood experiences.

She will be one of the UK’s largest, interactive maritime exhibits and will provide an unparalleled way of learning about our maritime and social history.

A Queen Mary Academy will seek to provide training opportunities in engineering, electrical work, joinery, craftsmanship, and hospitality. It also will retrain the long term unemployed. It will help preserve traditional skills. TS Queen Mary will offer a unique platform for inspiring new generations.

Steps to get it done:

  • She will be re-opened as a multi-purpose facility and attraction
  • TS Queen Mary will be renovated and restored in the shipyard
  • We will tow TS Queen Mary in the spring of 2016 to a British shipyard
  • We will tow TS Queen Mary to her new, permanent berth near the heart of Glasgow
  • We will undertake essential repairs
  • We will get permission from the MCA (the shipping regulator) for her final voyage home

Our project has the support of:

- Glasgow City Council
- the Scottish Parliament
- the Scottish Government
- Cunard Line
- Forth Ports plc
- V Ships
- Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden

Our patron is the world famous film actor, Robbie Coltrane.

Location Glasgow

About the space

Glasgow and Scotland


Glasgow City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £44,266

Towage cost - £35,000 (79%)
Stability testing - £5,000 (11%)
Other - £4,266 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

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Towage cost
Stability testing
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £44,266

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