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    10.11.18 - Works Update

    A lot of work has been going on over the last two weeks, on various fronts. What follows is an update on progress:

    (1) Bridge repairs - the beams in the ship's bridge had rotted beyond repair. Fairlie Boat Builders attended a few weeks ago to make a new template, for fabrication off-site. From the photos you can see Fairlie Boat Builders at work, removing the woodwork atop the bridge, so the new beams can be installed.

    (2) Deck - thanks to a generous donor we have been able to progress deck repairs to the foredeck. The planker and caulker have removed a lot of rotten wood (as you can see from the photos). Replacement teak is on order and will be installed very soon. They also have cleaned the deck using a bleaching system; you can clearly see the results "before" (starboard) and "after" (port). Just imagine how gorgeous Queen Mary will look once the rest of the deck is cleaned!

    (3) Clyde Marine Services continue their very generous sponsorship in-kind, with their ABs attending to progress stripping and priming the ship's railings. The photos show the ABs working at the stern. This area is now complete and we are on the "home stretch", with only half the starboard side outstanding.

    (4) Walkerweld Engineering Ltd are continuing essential steel work repairs. You can see from the photos the condition of the steel work at the base of the Captain's Cabin "before" (taken from the forward saloon) and "after" - a real transformation.

    (5) Walkerweld Engineering Ltd will finish re-instating the first batch of promenade deck windows this week coming; more on that in our next post, because the window refurbishment marks our first major funding campaign since last summer.

    If you want to see all this work in progress for yourselves, make sure you book your free tickets for next weekend's tours. These will be your last chance to get on board TS Queen Mary before Glasgow Doors Open Day, in September!

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    It all comes at a bit of a price, though ....................

    10.06.18 - WINDOW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES

    Today we launch our first funding campaign since summer 2017.

    So far we have raised and invested £1.6M in cash and in-kind in the project to re-activate TS Queen Mary.

    Very soon we will be announcing details of our educational partner who will operate the ship's bar and restaurant spaces as a skills development academy (the first of its kind in the UK). This will unlock a substantial capital investment in these three spaces.

    We still need to raise £52,000 to meet the cost of restoring the ship's 54 promenade deck windows, and 50 windows on her main deck. The process for each window is quite involved:

    - Each frame is unbolted from ship's shell
    - The frame is removed for inspection and shot blasting
    - If in too poor a condition for blasting, a new frame is fabricated
    - New glass is put into the frame and sealed with neoprene
    - The aperture is checked and remedial steel work repairs are undertaken, if required
    - The frame is presented to the ship's shell and reattached with new galvanised steel bolts

    Each window costs £500 to refurbish, and so we are appealing to our supporters and local businesses for support.

    In the photos you can see what a frame looks like "before" and "after", showing you the visual impact the work will have.

    In recognition of assistance a brass plaque is being attached to each frame, bearing the donor's name, where it will be seen by all the visitors to the ship for years to come.

    You (or the company you work for) can help by sponsoring a window in full (£500) or a window in part (£250).

    To donate, just click the link below and then select the relevant amount. MyDonate also automatically collects gift aid on our behalf, increasing the value of your giving by 25%.

    It goes without saying that we are indebted to you all for your ongoing support, and extremely grateful to those of you who can help with this campaign.

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    11.06.18 - JWF SUPPORT WINDOW CAMPAIGN

    Less than 24 hours after launching our campaign, we are delighted to have received a pledge from JW Fairbairn Ltd to cover the cost of the first three windows!

    Glasgow based JWF are specialists in instrumentation, flow measurement and metering solutions.

    Kenneth Fairbairn (Managing Director) says:

    "We are delighted to sponsor a great local cause. It is unbelievable to see the difference in the “before” and “after” photos!"

    "We wish you every success and look forward to seeing the renovation work moving along".

    Our current campaign is to raise £52,000 to meet the cost of restoring the ship's 54 promenade deck windows and 50 windows on her main deck.

    Thanks to Kenneth Fairbairn and the team at JWF we have the first £1,500 raised!

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    It seems that several local businesses are now stepping in to fund new windows
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    The windows sponsorship appeal is progressing quickly

    A very illustrative video has been posted showing the on-going work (and there are more to follow)

    https://www.facebook.com/tsqueenmary...2706227/?t=216

    It is good when you hook-up with colleges, including the creative arts departments and get pro-quality results : great for all concerned
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    I can't get over how many firms are now participating in the current window replacement programme with their donations - absolutely amazing !
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    It seems like I have my photo in the Glasgow Herald (today's, I think) ......as a "high-profile guest"
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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
    It seems like I have my photo in the Glasgow Herald (today's, I think) ......as a "high-profile guest"
    Yes today's Herald indeed. Don't know why that idiot Kiernan merits a "high profile"

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    It's quite a good photo of me - clearly the professionals can do a better job than the family in that respect !

    At least they got my name correct - which is a blessing, but being so high profile, I would expect nothing less
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    TS Queen Mary Restoration - Part 3




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    New video showing the complete manufacturing process for the new window frames for the promenade deck. All windows on this deck have now been sponsored, I believe

    https://www.facebook.com/tsqueenmary...4655114894435/

    It is gratifying how every step of the way, the cameras have been there and the Friends have seen fit to publish things

    Educational ? Well, yes ! Fascinating ? For sure !

    So good that so many sponsors are coming forward - an absolutely amazing restoration project
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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
    New video showing the complete manufacturing process for the new window frames for the promenade deck. All windows on this deck have now been sponsored, I believe

    https://www.facebook.com/tsqueenmary...4655114894435/

    It is gratifying how every step of the way, the cameras have been there and the Friends have seen fit to publish things

    Educational ? Well, yes ! Fascinating ? For sure !

    So good that so many sponsors are coming forward - an absolutely amazing restoration project
    Yes the openness and willingness to engage are refreshing and in contrast to some other organisations.

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    30.07.18 - ROBERT BARR TRUST SUPPORTS DECK WORK

    We are delighted to report that the Robert Barr Charitable Trust has awarded the Charity a grant of £30,000.

    This has enabled us to undertake extensive deck and steel work repairs on the ship's foredeck (which was the area worst affected by rot and water ingress).

    Work started on the project in late May, and should conclude in August.

    Below are photos showing Conor Oliver and his team at work. You can see what they started with, in May, and the massive progress made since then.

    The photos tell the story. The team began by cropping out and lifting all visibly rotten planks and margin. The old caulking was removed and the seams cleaned out and deepened slightly, to accept a new marine compound.

    New planks were cut and shaped, and inserted in place (but not bolted - see further below).

    As they progressed, the deck was lightly sanded and acetone applied to clean the teak. Glue was then pasted in before the new marine compound was inserted. This then was sanded very lightly again, as you can see in one photo, to leave a beautifully caulked deck.

    Unfortunately due to years of neglect when the rotten planks were lifted, it emerged that some 22 frame and margin repairs were required. You can see some of the damage in one photo. The good news is that these were all successfully fixed by Willie Strang and his team from Walkerweld Engineering Ltd. These repairs use Grade A steel and are permanent. Conor Oliver finally was able to drill new holes in the steel and insert securing bolts.

    The funding boost has also allowed us to progress repairs to the wheelhouse deck-head, which has consistently leaked. The team from Fairlie Boat Builders have taken on the job of stripping back the deck-head, and also lifting the composite material that had been poured on her bridge wings. New beams were handcrafted and inserted; soon the new "roof" will go on.

    In other news:

    (1) All the rotten steel work around the base of the woodwork of the wheelhouse has been cropped way and new steel inserted
    (2) The bulwark in front of the bridge is being cropped down beneath the handrails (which have been taken off) and new curved pieces will be fabricated by Walkerweld Engineering Ltd and then welded in place, to allow the railings to go back on
    (3) The ladder up to the wheel house has been taken off in order to be stripped down and oiled.

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    08.08.18 - TS QUEEN MARY'S BRASSWARE RETURNING

    We are delighted to be able today to announce that we have concluded a contract that will see all of TS Queen Mary's original brassware and other historic heritage items returned to the ship.

    The brass items include TS Queen Mary's:

    - Builder's plate
    - Engine maker's plate
    - Bell
    - Whistle
    - Bridge telegraphs
    - Engine room telegraphs
    - Brass light fittings
    - Engine room steam gauges
    - Bridge binnacle

    The heritage items include TS Queen Mary's:

    - Teak dining room chairs
    - Captain's chair
    - Aft steering wheel
    - Original signage
    - Navigation lights
    - Mast lights
    - Restaurant doors
    - Cowl ventilators

    Finally, for those of you with keen memories, the collection includes the framed map of the Firth of Clyde, which formerly was on display above the main stairway on board.

    The collection clearly is of incredible historical importance to TS Queen Mary, and it was carefully collated by the ship's former owner, David Lau (1981 - 1987).

    David Lau was an excellent custodian of the ship, and he worked tirelessly to source the items (many having been stripped out when the ship was laid up in 1977). In many cases Mr Lau had to spend considerable sums to persuade those who had asset stripped Queen Mary, in 1977, to return the items they possessed.

    The collection is worth many tens of thousands of pounds, but the owner has agreed to sell it to the Charity for £25,000. This figure is the lowest possible to ensure that he is reimbursed what he paid out, in today's monetary terms.

    Thanks to the generosity of several supporters, matched by a donation of £5,000 from businessman Adam Bruce, the Charity has been able to meet the downpayment of £10,000. This leaves us with a funding target of £15,000, and we will shortly be launching a campaign to raise that sum. We hope that you will support it, and - in doing so - help to permanently secure this important collection not only for TS Queen Mary, but also for the City of Glasgow.
    ...........

    My comment : Great that news about this major development can now be revealed. I hope others will join me in supporting this and the general work of the FOTSQM
    Remember, Gift Aid is available to boost donations (yes, gifts !) and doing it through the FOTSQM's "MyDonate" page on their website, no commission is taken by MyDonate (unlike many of these fundraising sites......)

    We really are making substantial progress
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    The next episode in the series of Restoration videos

    https://www.facebook.com/tsqueenmary...4109410949005/
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    Restoration video part 6

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

    Enjoy the latest of our restoration videos. In this part we go behind the scenes of a lot of major projects that have been progressing this summer.

    (1) Walkerweld Engineering Ltd fixing longitudinal frames beneath the Captain's Cabin and also substantially rebuilding its starboard side
    (2) Walkerweld Engineering Ltd repairing the frames in the Queen's Restaurant
    (3) UHP testing in the observation lounge (in advance of blasting and painting, this autumn)
    (4) Railings being restored by Clyde Marine Services
    (5) Installation of shore power
    (6) Installation of new bilge pump panels by Gavin Stewart
    (7) Wheelhouse beams and deck-head restoration by Fairlie Boat Builders
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    The funnels are going buff.

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    Re: TS Queen Mary - new permanent home

    TS Queen Mary - new permanent home Originally Posted by youngac TS Queen Mary - new permanent home
    The funnels are going buff.
    Yes, and I guess they look a bit better .... and keep some of the critics quiet !

    Looks about right for late 40s/50s but I'm sure it was a lot brighter in the late 60s !
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    Some nice photos of the funnels being repainted over on the FOTSQM FB page

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    New video snippet

    Captain Calum Bryce rings TS Queen Mary's engine repeater; the first time it has been rung since 1977.

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    Some photos of the heritage items recovered for the Trust and now in store

    https://www.facebook.com/tsqueenmary/?ref=br_tf
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    Restoration Video - Part 7

    https://www.facebook.com/tsqueenmary...4644151682626/

    Fantastic stuff
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