Great News From ‘Friends of TS QUEEN MARY’

The QUEEN MARY as seen laid up at Tilbury in 2011. Photo by Kenneth Whyte.

The QUEEN MARY as seen laid up at Tilbury in 2011. Photo by Kenneth Whyte.

 

The original Scottish steamer Queen Mary of 1933 spent much of her career sailing as Queen Mary II before ending up in a stationary role in London. Photo by Shawn J. Dake © 2004.

The original Scottish steamer Queen Mary of 1933 spent much of her career sailing as Queen Mary II before ending up in a stationary role in London. Photo by Shawn J. Dake © 2004.

“Four years of hard work (three as a registered Charity) have come to fruition.

We are delighted to confirm that at exactly 15:30, on Wednesday 21st October 2015, TS QUEEN MARY passed into the ownership of the Charity.

Forth Ports plc had to arrest the ship in July, when the former owner failed to pay berthing dues. By then TS QUEEN MARY was subject to a prohibition notice (declared unseaworthy) and was at a renewed risk of being scrapped.

Thankfully, we received a most generous gift that allowed us to go forward with a bid and – on 5th August – the Charity was informed that it had been selected as the preferred bidder. This was subject strictly to non-disclosure, pending completion of the sale.

Since August we have been engaged in an intense process, including surveying the ship at Tilbury (with representatives of the MCA, Ferguson Marine and V Ships) and dealing with a multiplicity of other technical issues that have surrounded the transaction.

TS QUEEN MARY now has a new owner and a chance of a bright future. This is the outcome that the Charity and its supporters have long hoped for.

It goes without saying that the Trustees will do their utmost to take good care of TS QUEEN MARY and bring her home to the Clyde, in 2016. Indeed, work has started in earnest and engineers and contractors are due to attend the vessel next week.

Further major announcements will be made over the coming days. There is a lot to do to get our Queen repaired and readied for sea.

We thank all of you for being a part of our journey so far. However, we pay a special tribute to the workers of Denny of Dumbarton, the yard that gave birth to TS QUEEN MARY. This moment is dedicated to them.

Stay tuned on our Facebook page for updates as the journey begins to bring QUEEN MARY home.

The Trustees
Friends of TS Queen Mary
25th October 2015″

Thanks to Andy Aitchison, Shawn Dake and Kenneth Whyte

Martin Cox

Martin Cox

MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland.Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.
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