The world's last remaining turbine steamship, TS Queen Mary will return to her home river of the Clyde for the first time in decades on Sunday, May 15 - it is a truly historic moment. She has been acquired by the Friends of TS Queen Mary Trust which has raised a huge £300k to save her from a very uncertain fate and bring her home to Scotland. Her predicted arrival time, should she maintain her current progress, is approx 1200/1230 at the Cumbrae Gap. If any of your members or berth holders would be interested in showing her a fantastic homecoming welcome by forming or joining a flotilla at any point on her route, they would be more than welcome to sail alongside as she passes into the upper Clyde and on to Greenock, where she will berth at Garvel Dock. Her ETA at Garvel is approx 1500/1530.
Obviously these times could change, so it is advised that any of those wishing to come out and greet her keep an eye on the following media channels on the run up to Sunday and on the day itself:
Facebook - Friends of TS Queen Mary
Twitter - search TS Queen Mary - Twitter handle is @fotsqm
TS Queen Mary, which was built by William Denny in Dumbarton and launched in 1933, will be under tow by tug Venture and so anyone taking part in a welcome gathering is poliely asked to make sure that they maintain a sensible distance and respect other marine users. Please share this own your own social media channels to allow your members, berth holders and readers to help spread the word. The TS Queen Mary was originally built for Williamson-Buchanan Steamers, before passing into the direct lineage of Caledonian MacBrayne via the Caledonian Steam Packet Company in 1935 - she was retired from the fleet in 1978, having served 43 years.
For those who are interested, TS Queen Mary is currently under tow by tug Venture - she passed Land's End earlier this afternoon, so hopefully you can find her on AIS without too much trouble.
Picture courtesy of Friends of TS Queen Mary show the ship making the first steps of her journey home