TWO ICONIC Clyde steamers are now berthed in Glasgow for the first time in nearly 40 years, reports Hugh Dougherty. TS Queen Mary was tied up for the winter in November following a tow upriver from Greenock following her dry docking, hull inspection and repaint there.
She is now berthed in the canting basin beside the Glasgow Science Centre, just yards from PS Waverley’s winter berth, courtesy of science centre bosses. David McQueen, Glasgow Science Centre director of finance and operations, said: “We are delighted to assist the Friends of TS Queen Mary in their efforts to restore yet another example of the Clyde’s engineering heritage.”
The berthing comes as the Friends of TS Queen Mary was awarded the prestigious Great Scot Charity Award for 2016 for its exceptional efforts in rescuing TS Queen Mary from almost certain destruction, and bringing the vessel back to Scotland. Receiving the award on behalf of the society, patron, actor Robbie Coltrane, said: “I was delighted to accept the award on behalf of what is a charity that delivers.
“It has brought this bonny, wee ship back to Scotland while overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to do so.”