Sunday, 15 May 2016

TS Queen Mary Returns Home

Today we witnessed the return of the Scottish steamship TS Queen Mary.

She had left Tilbury Docks on Thursday and was ably towed north by the tug Venture.

Built by Denny of Dumbarton in 1933 she saw more than 40 years service including taking families and  passengers 'doon the watter' on trips from Glasgow to destinations such as Dunoon, Rothesay, Millport and Arran.

Enthusiastic crowds lined the coast to catch a glimpse as she made her way home.

She was in her original configuration of twin funnels. She had for a time only one funnel after conversion work, but I think it's fitting she now has two again.

She is now berthed in the James Watt Dock in Greenock for some TLC.

The plan is to eventually berth her near the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow where she will be an attraction and reminder of days gone by.

Watching her make her way upriver - to the older generation like myself - was like taking a step back in time.

Passing Dunoon

 Tug Venture

 Tug Bruiser

 Arriving at James Watt Dock

 Looking Majestic as any Queen

 Volunteers and Workers

 Twin Funnels

 Approaching the  Dock Entrance

 Canting Before Entering the Dock

Stern First 

 In James Watt Dock

Moving to Berth

Almost Home

Safely Berthed

Tug Venture Departs

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