Historic steamship finds permanent home

29 August 2017

The steamship was rescued from scrap by a group of trustees last year and is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Situated beside the Millennium Bridge she will be a stones throw from the SSE Hydro and SECC complexes, and right in the heart of Glasgow’s media village.

Friends of TS Queen Mary, the charity behind the rescue and restoration project, estimates the vessel will welcome 150,000 visitors and students each year once restored.

The charity has raised £1.3 million in cash and in-kind donations, leaving just under £700,000 left to fully fund the restoration. The charity hopes to reopen the ship as a heritage destination, education and business centre in spring next year.

Nicola Sturgeon, MSP for Glasgow Southside, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to see the TS Queen Mary find a permanent berth at the Glasgow Science Centre. The restoration will bring a major benefit not only in the form of visitors but in giving students unique hands-on experience. It’s a very fitting addition to the Clyde and I look forward to visiting over the years to come.”

Dr Stephen Breslin, chief executive of Glasgow Science Centre, said: “We are delighted to welcome the TS Queen Mary as our permanent new neighbour along the riverside. Shipbuilding is an intrinsic part of Glasgow’s heritage and we are excited to be working with Friends of the Queen Mary to celebrate and engage people with the social and engineering history of this iconic vessel and shipbuilding on the Clyde. As well being a unique visitor attraction and events space, the ship will also be a platform for inspiring new generations of future engineers and mariners.”

VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, Liz Buchanan MBE, said: “This is a fantastic redevelopment project which will see the TS Queen Mary join Glasgow’s rich array of high-quality visitor attractions. With more than half of visitors drawn to Glasgow for its history and culture, it is vitally important we make the most of our heritage assets. This historic steamer is woven into the City’s social fabric and will make an important contribution to the culture priority within Glasgow’s Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023.

“The project is particularly apt as we celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends?—?the year-long programme is shining a spotlight on some of Scotland’s greatest assets as well as our hidden gems.”

Charity trustee Iain Sim said: TS Queen Mary is the last her kind in the world. She is woven into Glasgow’s rich social fabric and she represents the best of Scottish engineering. We are delighted that she will be berthed permanently at Glasgow Science Centre as a heritage destination and education/training centre.”

(Item taken from TS Queen Mary website, 27 August 2017)

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