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Steamship Restoration Gets Coatings Boost

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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A historic steamship in Scotland is being restored to what it looked like 80 years ago, with the help of a marine protective coatings manufacturer.

The TS Queen Mary, built in 1933, is the last remaining Clyde-built turbine steamer, a class of ships that operated in Scotland in the 19th century and first half of the 20th. Clyde steamers, as their name implies, ran on the River Clyde and Firth of Clyde, connecting Glasgow with coastal towns on the Firth.

Ship History

The 252-foot-long vessel was saved in 2015 by a nonprofit called Friends of TS Queen Mary, which is working on a £2 million (approximately $2.6 million) restoration of the ship. It had changed hands several times since its last excursion on the Clyde, in 1977, and had served as a restaurant and bar complex on the Thames in London for two decades, from the 1980s through 2009.

TS Queen Mary being restored

AkzoNobel’s International Marine Coatings brand is supplying coatings that are being applied to TS Queen Mary in drydock in Greenock.

The plan for the Queen Mary is to make the ship one of the largest maritime exhibits in the U.K., docking it in Glasgow and using the craft to educate school children and adults alike about the area’s maritime history.

Coatings Supplied

AkzoNobel’s International Marine Coatings brand is supplying coatings that are being applied in drydock in Greenock, on the Firth of Clyde, according to the coatings manufacturer.

“We are proud to be involved in restoring such an iconic vessel,” said Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business. “The Queen Mary is a legacy of Scotland’s great shipbuilding industry and will be a world class example of maritime heritage conservation.”

Ship Details

The TS Queen Mary was built by William Denny & Bros. Ltd., in Dumbarton, Scotland, and spent most of its years on the Clyde operated by Williamson Buchanan Steamers or Caledonian Steam Packet Company. It was the largest Clyde steamer in terms of passenger capacity, carrying 2,086 people, and by the mid-1970s, it was the only steamer still operating on the Clyde, according to Friends of TS Queen Mary.

The nonprofit is still soliciting donations to help with the cost of restoration.

AkzoNobel notes that its involvement with the Queen Mary restoration is part of its larger Human Cities initiative, which focuses on “improving, energizing and regenerating urban communities across the world.”



Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Asia Pacific; Coating Materials; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; Marine Coatings; North America; Restoration; Ships and vessels

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