TS Queen Mary Restoration: A Progress Update

We are excited to share the latest developments in this long-term project: the restoration of the iconic pocket liner, TS Queen Mary, in Glasgow.

This famous vessel, rich in maritime heritage, is now making significant strides towards her full restoration.

Recently, the TS Queen Mary was relocated from her previous berth near the Glasgow Science Centre to her new home in Govan. She is now moored close to the historic dry docks, which have recently received planning permission for reuse, marking a major milestone in the restoration journey.

Thanks to a successful fundraising campaign, she has embarked on a new phase of refurbishment. This includes replacing the old teak decks with new steel plates, a task undertaken by the local specialists at Marine Projects Scotland. Committed to fostering new talent, Marine Projects Scotland has implemented an apprenticeship scheme where young trainees are learning to weld using cutting-edge laser technology instead of traditional methods. This approach ensures that the restoration not only preserves history but also invests in the future.

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Additionally, all windows on the TS Queen Mary have been removed in preparation for replacement. A prototype window has already been manufactured and is awaiting approval, marking another step forward.

Our WDC team recently had the privilege of visiting the TS Queen Mary to witness the progress firsthand. Guided by Iain Sim, Chair of the Trustees of Friends of TS Queen Mary, and Peter Breslin, Project Manager from Marine Projects Scotland, we braved the chilly weather to tour the site. The visit allowed us to appreciate the meticulous work being done and imagine how she will look once the restoration is complete.

queen mary meeting

The evening before our visit to the TS Queen Mary, we had the honour of meeting the charity's patron, the Princess Royal, at a function celebrating the ship’s 90th birthday. It was inspiring to connect with so many passionate individuals dedicated to the project.

We are thrilled to be part of this remarkable journey and look forward to contributing to the next chapter in the TS Queen Mary’s story. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to work on bringing this majestic vessel back to life.

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