The charity which is leading the restoration of the historic Dumbarton-built TS Queen Mary has announced that HRH The Princess Royal has become the organisation's royal patron.
The Friends of TS Queen Mary said the decision by HRH Princess Anne was a 'huge honour' and a major step forward in the story of the ship, which is being restored at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, next to the Glasgow Science Centre.
It also re-established the royal link to the ship, which was named after the Princess Royal's great grandmother, Queen Mary.
Built at the world-famous yard of William Denny & Bros Ltd in Dumbarton in 1933, TS Queen Mary was successfully brought back to the Clyde from London in a marathon voyage along the coast of the United Kingdom in 2016.
In her heyday, TS Queen Mary carried 13,000 passengers each week and was widely regarded as one of Britain's finest pleasure steamers. She sailed daily from Glasgow's Broomielaw and earned her the affectionate nickname of 'The Glasgow Boat'.
Once restored as a heritage destination, she will connect local people with the River Clyde and its great industrial heritage.
TS Queen Mary will offer a range of exciting curriculum-linked learning experiences to schools across the country.
Students from Strathclyde Business School have created an operating business plan, while more than 200 apprentices from City of Glasgow College - which has a nautical facility - have come aboard to learn relevant skills and develop their experience. The ship will also be offered as a venue for functions.
The project is seen as enhancing the regeneration of the Govan community because of its Pacific Quay location.
Commenting on the Royal Patronage announcement, Iain Sim, Chairman of TS Friends of Queen Mary said: "We are delighted and deeply honoured that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has agreed to become our Royal Patron.
This is a great boost for our ongoing work to restore this British icon to her former glory and to preserve her for future generations."
News item taken from Dumbarton Reporter, 11 Mar 2019