TS Queen Mary is one of Britain's most famous ships.
Built in 1933, she is the original ship to bear the most famous of names. She is the largest and most luxurious pleasure steamer ever to be built for service in Scotland, with an amazing capacity of 2086 passengers.
TS Queen Mary has carried some of the most famous characters of the 20th century, including King George VI, The Queen Mother, The Princess Elizabeth, The Princess Margaret, future Prime Minister Anthony Eden, Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt and Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery.
Since saving TS Queen Mary from being scrapped, in 2015, Friends of TS Queen Mary have raised and invested £3M GBP in the project (both in cash and in-kind).
Over the course of 2020 the Charity has focused on delivering the vital design work needed to build this iconic ship back up; all of the new pipework, electrical systems, air-conditioning, outfitting and structural steelwork have had to be re-designed from scratch.
This work is almost complete and - in 2021 - we will be ready to undertake the next major phase of TS Queen Mary's restoration. With your support we will:
- Install steel decks (which will be covered in beautiful new timbers)
- Refurbish or replace almost 100 windows and portholes, on the main deck
- Undertake repairs to the vessel's side shell
- Insulate every space on board
- Undertake so-called "first fix" pipework
- Fit two new authentic timber masts
- Replace various hatches on the boat deck, the bridge and the captain’s cabin, and
- Replace the ship's current funnels with two new ones, manufactured to the correct 1933 rake and size.
The cost of all this work will be £2M GBP, and that is why we are appealing to you to donate today. Your gift - no matter the amount - will make a huge difference.
You will be a part of restoring a special ship that has played such an important part in our country’s history, for future generations to enjoy. You also will be helping to build TS Queen Mary’s legacy, which will be to inspire and educate youngsters from across the country, and to create employment opportunities for them.