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tss ' Queen Mary '

Neil

Deckhand
Built in 1933 in Scotland the turbine excusion steamer ' Queen Mary ' had a ' II ' added to her original name when the Cunard Liner ' Queen Mary ' entered service about 1935 and the name was requested by Cunard Lines so it could be used for their new ship.

Having been built as an excursion steamer she had operated voyages in mainly scottish waters and also kept in service during the 2nd world war before being sold and converted to be used on the River Thames, at the embankment in London, where she was used as a floating restaurant with bars and could be hired for functions.

When she was closed about eight years ago it was said that she had been sold to be used as a club house at a French marina and so her twin funnels were removed and she was towed down river and moored up inside Tilbury Docks.

There she fell into a very poor condition, after about five years, with no work carried out.

Recently a scottish preservation group managed to obtain her and after her hull was checked she was towed up the North Sea to around the Glasgow area and drydocked .

There after cleaning her hull was found to still be in very good condition and although her propellers had been removed and sold some time ago it was decided to re-paint her and moor her in the Glasgow area to be used as a tourist attraction and for other activites.

At 85 years old she is the oldest scottish built steam turbine excursion steamer still afloat in the UK !

Funds are being raised for her preservation and interior refit with the fund raising team supported by Robbie Coltrane, OBE !

( See their website with a full history of the ship etc - Friends of TS Queen Mary - Bringing the only remaining Clydebuilt turbine steamer home to the Clyde )

Recent pictures of her in dry-dock and being towed to her new mooring attached.
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