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    "A major announcement concerning the project will be made on Monday 11th March"

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    Re: TS Queen Mary - new permanent home

    TS Queen Mary - new permanent home Originally Posted by tramscape TS Queen Mary - new permanent home
    "A major announcement concerning the project will be made on Monday 11th March"
    If I were to guess what the news is it would be that work to make Queen Mary's future berth suitable for use will be carried out at the same time as Waverley's berth is fixed and that Queen Mary will be moved there once this is done.
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    11th March 2019

    𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐨𝐲𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐑𝐨𝐲𝐚𝐥 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐑𝐨𝐲𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐒 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐲

    Friends of TS Queen Mary today announced that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has become Royal Patron of the charity.

    The Royal Patronage not only is a wonderful step forward for the renaissance of TS Queen Mary, it also is a huge honour.

    Commenting on the Royal Patronage announcement, Iain Sim, Chairman, said:

    “We are delighted and deeply honoured that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has agreed to become our Royal Patron.

    “This is a great boost for our on-going work to restore this British icon to her former glory and to preserve her for future generations.”

    Crawford Paterson, Vice Chairman, said:

    “This decision re-establishes the Royal link to TS Queen Mary, which was named after The Princess Royal’s great grandmother. The ship, of course, also carried Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), the Princess Elizabeth – now Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – and the Princess Margaret”.

    Dr Stephen Breslin, Glasgow Science Centre’s Chief Executive, said:

    “Glasgow Science Centre is proud to play its part in ensuring TS Queen Mary has a bright future on the Clyde and we are delighted to have this iconic ship sit prominently beside our building.”

    Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander, said:

    “I’m incredibly proud to support this multi-faceted project to refurbish this iconic steamer as an exciting visitor attraction as well as an educational, interactive maritime experience.

    “Her permanent berth at Glasgow Science Centre is the perfect location for what was once the world’s largest and most luxurious Clyde pleasure steamer.”

    Since restoration work began, the charity has raised and invested almost £2 million pounds, in cash and in-kind, from donors across Britain and overseas, reflecting TS Queen Mary’s pre-eminence and international appeal.

    A number of celebrities have pledged their support, including actor and author Robbie Coltrane OBE, who remains Patron of the charity.

    Iain Sim (Chairman)

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    The BBC are relaying the news .... so look out for it elsewhere in local media !

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla..._U0V35-4JYayLU

    even the tabloids ....

    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/l...royal-14117412

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    Not what I predicted, but probably better news than a new berth given the media coverage it’ll get.
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    The media coverage will be ephemeral - but the prospect of consolidating sponsorship, corporate or otherwise, will be much strengthened

    She will need to be gleaming - and be open, at least in part, before she moves round to the new berth

    This is excellent news and doesn't happen "just like that". It is a testament to the strength of the project and the advocacy of its trustees

    PS. There was a nice spike of web hits on my Queen Mary pages today so the "news" has prompted some (even if not everyone in the country) to find out more
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    The 'Mary is an iconic part of working class Clydeside history, a reminder when a precious day out on the Firth was eagerly looked forward to as an annual treat. Many of these people lived in truly awful housing conditions and had little cause to have any respect for their "betters". To me she is a living reminder of these hard, but in some ways happier times, and a tribute to the people who built her.

    This magnificent steamer was also part of my childhood and to see her disgorge the best part of 2000 punters over six gangways at Rothesay on Glasgow Fair Saturday was quite a sight.

    These are the reasons why I support this superb project and am grateful to the hardworking men and women who have made this possible, however if royal patronage works for you that is good also!TS Queen Mary - new permanent home

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    Yes, if you are a museum, you have a story to tell - and part of the ship will do so. Let's hope that the story embraces everyone who was touched

    .... even the little middle class kids who came up from southern Britain for their holidays !
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    Re: TS Queen Mary - new permanent home

    My memories of the "Mary" are from childhood holidays at Tighnabruaich. She dwarfed the pier and quite often used a rope which was anchored to the shore and was attached to her bow moorings.
    When arriving at Tighnabruaich she always sailed up to Rubha Dubh and round passed Auchenlochan.
    I recall her giving way to the Lochfyne when she returned from Ardrishaig and Tarbert, but I don't think she did that every day.

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    New video - virtual reality tour of the innards of QM

    https://www.facebook.com/tsqueenmary...2213833778462/

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    01.04.19 - CalMac Apprentices Support Restoration

    CalMac Ferries has lent some helping hands to boost the restoration of TS Queen Mary.

    Five Deck Modern Apprentices switched their on-board training for a week-long session helping to bring the famous vessel back to its former glory.

    Friends of Queen Mary Vice Chairman, Crawford Paterson, said:

    "Having a full-time team with the experience of working on ships has really helped move the project on significantly. We are extremely grateful to CalMac for recognising the importance of their past relationship with the Queen Mary and their willingness to get involved.

    This labour would have cost us in the region £5k to hire in, were we having to do so privately, so it's a really great boost for the project."

    CalMac has had a long association with TS Queen Mary. At the outbreak of World War Two, the steamer switched from being a pleasure craft to become a lifeline for Scotland's island communities.

    After the war she was transferred to the flag of the Caledonian Steam Packet Company, who merged with MacBraynes in 1973 to become today's Caledonian MacBrayne, the UK's largest ferry company.

    Stephen Horne, who manages CalMac's Modern Apprenticeship programme, said:

    "This was good opportunity to broaden our MAs training horizons and give them a different experience aboard a historic vessel that was previously part of our fleet."

    We are grateful to CalMac for this very generous support.

    FOTSQM

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    17.04.19 - CalMac Helps TS Queen Mary Fly the Flag

    The restoration of TS Queen Mary has been boosted by a generous £5,000 donation from CalMac Ferries.

    The money will go towards one of this year's key projects, the reinstatement of TS Queen Mary's main mast.

    The new mast will be built using Douglas Fir and will be instated along with brand new rigging.

    CalMac has a long association with the vessel. At the outbreak of World War Two, the steamer switched from a pleasure craft to become a lifeline for Scotland's island communities. After the war she was transferred to the flag of the Caledonian Steam Packet Company, who merged with MacBraynes in 1973 to become Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd.

    The company’s Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement, Brian Fulton said:

    "The historic relationship the company has with this vessel runs deep and we are delighted to be able to play a part in restoring the Queen Mary to her former glory. On completion she will be a great educational resource to demonstrate the role CalMac has played over the years, and continues to play, in providing lifeline services to support remote communities and island economies".

    Chairman of Friends of TS Queen Mary Iain Sim said:

    "We are delighted that CalMac Ferries continue their relationship with their famous former flagship. The donation represents an absolutely fantastic start to our campaign to reinstate a proper mast on TS Queen Mary".

    FOTSQM

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    Ships' whistles always seem to be popular things ....


    27.04.19 - Original Steam Whistle Back on Board

    For today's tours, TS Queen Mary's whistle was reunited with the ship, for the first time since 1987!

    You can see from today's photo that the whistle (made by Glasgow firm, Stevens and Struthers) is in remarkably good condition.

    It was returned to the Charity, in 2016, by one of the ship's former owners, David Lau.

    The whistle is now being brought back to life by Scott Johnston and Kenneth John Henderson.

    Scott and Kenny have very generously agreed to clean the whistle and to strip down and clean up its valves. We are very grateful to them both for undertaking this project for us!

    FOTSQM

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    Re: TS Queen Mary - new permanent home

    TS Queen Mary - new permanent home Originally Posted by tramscape TS Queen Mary - new permanent home
    Ships' whistles always seem to be popular things ....


    27.04.19 - Original Steam Whistle Back on Board

    For today's tours, TS Queen Mary's whistle was reunited with the ship, for the first time since 1987!

    You can see from today's photo that the whistle (made by Glasgow firm, Stevens and Struthers) is in remarkably good condition.

    It was returned to the Charity, in 2016, by one of the ship's former owners, David Lau.

    The whistle is now being brought back to life by Scott Johnston and Kenneth John Henderson.

    Scott and Kenny have very generously agreed to clean the whistle and to strip down and clean up its valves. We are very grateful to them both for undertaking this project for us!

    FOTSQM
    Presumably they can rig it up to a supply of compressed air and we can hear it again.

    On "trip days" at Rothesay when the hordes of factory or shipyard workers were allowed a couple of hours ashore it was the practice to blow the steamer's whistle before departure in order to summon them back aboard for departure, and if the trippers were slow in coming it would be sounded again a bit more insistently - the Mary's whistle could be heard all over town - even in the smoky, convivial confines of the Golfer's, the "Gluepot" or the Palace Bar.

    It was a common sight and a source of much amusement to us kids hanging about the pier to watch the last of the best suited and flat capped trippers, a bit the worse for wear, perhaps with wife and weans in tow, running up the pier shouting not to pull the gangway off!

    Inevitably a few would be left behind and they sobered up quickly on learning they would have to pay their own way home on the regular steamer and train.

    The last of these trips the "Fairfields trip" for retired workers, lasted even after the Mary' was replaced by the 'Sannox, a lot of these older retirees showed the effects of hard times in the 20s and 30s and were small in stature - the classic Glasgow "wee men"!

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    08.05.19 - New Appointment to TS Queen Mary Board

    We today announce that former solicitor and Procurator Fiscal Depute Peter Galletly has joined the board of Friends of TS Queen Mary, as Charity Secretary.

    Peter comes to the board having worked as a lawyer for almost four decades, twenty years of which were spent as managing partner of his own firm.

    Peter has a keen interest in legal education, being involved in training new lawyers for the last decade at both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.

    He continues to work as a legal adviser to the Justice of the Peace Courts and also is a Children’s Panel member in Glasgow.

    Peter says: “I am delighted to be invited to be appointed to the board of Friends of TS Queen Mary at this important time in the renovation of the ship. I hope that I can assist the board in our aim of saving and restoring this iconic piece of Britain's history“.

    Iain Sim, Chairman, says: “We are delighted that someone of Peter’s professional standing has agreed to join the board as Secretary. His considerable legal skills and commercial experience make him an excellent fit for the role. Peter’s appointment in this key role builds on our strategy of developing the board's professional resilience.”

    In one further change, Aidan Odonnell becomes Head of Education, taking over from Dr Aylin Ates.

    Aidan Odonnell says: “Aylin has stepped down, having delivered a range of improvements to the charity’s education strategy over the past 18 months, in the build up to maternity leave. We are indebted to Aylin, and we wish her (and her newborn!) every happiness in the future."

    FOTSQM

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    09-05-19 Barbara Dickson OBE Supports our Education Initiatives

    Singer and actor, Barbara Dickson performed an ‘In Conversation’ evening this week, which was led and supported by Events, Food, Hospitality and Photography students from City of Glasgow College. All proceeds went to the restoration of TS Queen Mary and served to promote the Campaign’s education and training initiatives.

    College Lecturer and Charity Associate Michael McLaughlin commented, “this was yet another TS Queen Mary event for which Barbara had generously given up her time. Students were given a fabulous opportunity to experience managing live performance first hand - including aspects of corporate hospitality, stage and sound operations, press photography and customer engagement. Doing it with such a cherished Scottish celebrity was just the icing on the cake!”

    In giving his vote of thanks at the end of the evening, Charity Vice-Chairman Crawford Paterson told Barbara that he was looking forward to the day when Barbara could perform live on the TS Queen Mary when she opens!

    For making the event possible, the Charity would like to acknowledge the kind support of City of Glasgow College, Stream Marine Training, TV/Radio presenter Josie Smith, Baxter Storey and the Forge Colour Print Centre.

    We would also like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Barbara for her ongoing interest, support and encouragement.

    FOTSQM

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    She's soon going to look like she used to at the rear of the promenade deck ! message from FOTSQM tonight

    24.05.19 - Observation Gallery Work in Progress

    Now that the lower deck has been stripped out, work has moved up to what was the observation gallery, on the promenade deck (aft).

    Our team from WestLine have built a temporary interior bulkhead and have removed the old French doors at the aft end of the promenade deck.

    The last remaining London instated windows (which are screwed into the handrails) will be removed.

    After that is done, the top of the bulwark can be repaired so that the handrails can be re-fitted, in the future.

    This work will see the ship finally returned to her original profile, which will be great to see!

    FOTSQM
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