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.
Arriving at James Watt Dock
Looking Majestic as any Queen
Volunteers and Workers
Approaching the Dock Entrance
Canting Before Entering the Dock
In James Watt Dock
Moving to Berth
Tug Venture Departs
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