Historic steamship Queen Mary returns to Clyde for restoration

The steamship TS Queen Mary returns to the Clyde. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

The steamship TS Queen Mary returns to the Clyde. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

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A historic Scottish steamship has returned to the Clyde for restoration work, more than eight decades after it was first launched.

TS Queen Mary was built in 1933 by Denny of Dumbarton and used for more than 40 years to take passengers on trips from Glasgow to destinations such as Dunoon, Rothesay, Millport and Arran.

After it was retired from service it was moved to the port of Tilbury in Essex but a charity, named Friends of TS Queen Mary, raised more than £300,000 to begin work to restore the ship and berth it permanently on the Clyde as an entertainment and education venue.

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The ship was towed up the river to James Watt Dock in Greenock on Sunday.

Actor Robbie Coltrane, patron of Friends of TS Queen Mary, said: “I’m just so proud to be involved with this project.

“My old ‘faither’ would be proud. I’m so glad to see her return safely.

“I’ve been like a wean waiting for Christmas.”

The ship, which is listed on the UK’s official historical ships register, left the Thames on Thursday for the journey north.

The charity now plan to raise around £2 million to “restore her to her 1930s splendour”.

Trustee Iain Sim said: “We have saved one of Scotland’s historic gems from being cast aside in a dockyard on the Thames awaiting a scrapheap.

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“Our challenge now is to restore her and transform her into an entertainment venue and educational resource, so that people can continue to enjoy her and learn about Scotland’s shipbuilding heritage.”

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