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Introduction:

Having worked in the passenger shipping industry for over sixty years, having commenced in Wellington New Zealand as an office boy with a major shipping company, then as an agent selling berths on liners sailing to and from the UK and Europe ports, as well other ports along the way. Also popular at that time were Trans Tasman voyages as well as Pacific services with the Union Steamship Company “Passenger Banana ships” the MS Matua and MS Tofua, and the occasional cruises.

In due course I was sourced by the head of a major shipping company in Australia and was asked if I was interested to manage its office, which I did with great success. I was then called upon from Europe to become the CEO of major Passenger Shipping Company with five ships in operation with the largest being 34,000 Gross Tons, two 25,000 ton ships, and several 20,000 tonners. However, in due course I operated a successful Cruise Company in the 1980’s, therefore it makes sense that I have a great love for classic and traditional passenger liners as well as passenger-cargo ships, including those U.S. WW2 built Victory & C3/C4 cargo ships, many of which were converted into humble migrant ships, but some even became handsome looking modern liners, such as the Sitmar Lines TSS Fairsky and the two Flotta Lauro liners the TSS Roma and Sydney. In addition, I have also added online a good number of the traditional classic liners that have become well known as cruise ships!

Having commenced the Save the Classic Liners Campaign 29 years ago, it has been my good fortune to have been directly involved in saving some worthwhile passenger ships since 1990, but I commenced it officially online in 1995! The best known magnificent liner/cruise ship I was closely involved with for quite some time was the great Dutch Liner SS Rotterdam V, which is now a wonderful Hotel in her homeport of Rotterdam, Holland!

The magnificent and great SS Rotterdam V, now a fine Hotel and dining and function facility

Of course, there have been far too many sad losses, with some wonderful ships having gone to the breakers, but thankfully there have also been some sweet victories! One great story is located down this page, being the recent official dedication and opening of the Dock and parkland at the Canadian Pacific Lakes luxury liner SS Keewantin, although I had no actual hand in the saving this ship, just supporting the cause online and thus doing so financially!

However friends, we must remember there are still few fine classic ships that are left which are worth saving. The beautiful Portuguese liner, and ex presidential Yacht and Cruise Ship, the MV Funchal, was sold on December 5, 2018 at an auction by a British Hotel Group and they had certain plans fore her, however details of events are below.

But please keep supporting to Save Worthwhile Classic Liners & Cruise Ships!

But ssadly the great SS United States remains where she has been for so very long and the “SS United States Conservancy” at first it seemed to be doing a wonderful job, but then there has been ongoing setbacks and nothing has really happened and the once magnificent ship is now badly deteriorating and to be honest nothing, and I do mean nothing is really happening, there is more down the page.

Thankfully the news for our beloved QE2 is simply wonderful! Her story is also below. For “Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2” Dubai, had her official “soft opening” in April 2018, and she has been well received by all who has booked onboard this fine ship, now a luxury hotel!

Recently Updated is the amazing historic T.S. Queen Mary a Clyde built ship, which has been beautifully restored, but friends, they still need a hand financially from all over the globe, for it is not cheap for all these volunteers to continue the work, yes there has been some great supporters, but we need you as well. Come and be part of something that will see this ship continue to operate long in the future, and know that we have all supported something very special. Long Live the Queen!

Therefore, come aboard, and support our very special work that continues to be done, and I am satisfied knowing that together we can do something more, for doing something when assisting organisations or smaller dedicated groups in saving a part of maritime history is really worthwhile! Remember, becoming part of saving a ship that will last long into the future, and thus it will be something that you, your children and their children will come to know and see what a real ship actually looks like, rather than those great big hideous square boxlike floating apartment blocks (condos), come resort style theme parks, that they call sadly cruise ships today. The truth is the modern cruise ships do not look like a ship at all; it is maritime architecture and design that has gone completely wrong!

In Conclusion:

I sincerely thank all my wonderful supporters who over the many years have supported this campaign as well as my four maritime, and cruise sites, which have now received an amazing 533.2 million readers/visitors to date. I am indeed touched by your support and your kindnesses, especially for the countless emails that arrive daily.

The Author of savetheclassicliners.com is seen whilst on a voyage from Australia to the

United Kingdom on the now 71 year old MV Athena, currently sailing (2019) as the Astoria.

 

Reuben Goossens.

Maritime Historian, Author, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer & Lecturer.

Sixty years in the Passenger Shipping and Cruise Industry.

 

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MV Funchal

Late News Nov 12, 2019

 

Good News for Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2

 

SS United States, SS Keewatin

 

TS Queen Mary, MV Cape Don

 

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MV Funchal

 

November 2019 - A New Glimmer of Hope

 

The beautiful long sleek lines of the MV Funchal is seen above at twilight

Introduction::

See the NEWS - November 12, 2019; down this Funchal Item.

The “Save the MV Funchal Campaign” has without doubt brought this remarkable Classic ex Trans-Atlantic Liner, Presidential Yacht, and a greatly loved Cruise Ship onto the world stage. But in 1976, one of the most famous Greek shipping magnates, Mr. George Potamianos (whose family commenced a famous shipping Line back in 1850) chartered the MV Funchal to operate a series of cruises and they were a huge susses. He purchased her in 1985 and she became a very successful cruise ship for the newly formed Classic International Cruises (CIC). Sadly Mr. George Potamianos passed away on May 27, 2012, and his two sons took the company over, but it CIC became bankrupt by the end of that same year.

In 2013 the Portuscale Hotel Group, who had no knowledge of operating a Cruise Line what-so-ever, but they did manage to have her beautifully refitted. When she was completed and had to obtain classification, it was rejected over and over again as faults were found on board, in fact it took over twenty days for the ship to obtain her final Certification in Portugal and the Portuscale Cruises MS Funchal departed on her maiden voyage from Lisbon very late for her cruise of Scandinavia, its the Fjords and the UK.

However, when the Funchal arrived at Gothenburg, Sweden on Monday August 26, 2013 and safety inspectors came on board as her next destination would cruising be the pristine Norwegian Fjords, what they discovered on board simply horrified them. Mr. Mårten Dahl the Ship Inspector of the Transportsstyrelsen, to Göteborgs-Posten” stated;

“We found around ten serious technical shortcomings, everything from major faults to lifesaving equipment to serious inadequacies in fire protection. The standard far below all expectations and must be rectified”.

A great deal of work was undertaken with parts being flown in from around the world until all was corrected as it should have been in the first place. The Funchal was finally permitted to depart on September 2.

Portuscale Cruises continued cruising, but attempted various options, as thing in the European market was just not working for them, Even a Series of Cruise to Australia and Asia was planned, but like every option they attempted everything just failed, and on January 2, 2015 the Funchal was laid up in Lisbon and Portuscale Cruises ended up in liquidation, and the Funchal and the Porto ended up laid up side by side in Lisbon. The Porto was eventually sold for scrap, but as there was little to no interest in the Funchal for a long time, I decided to place her online, and finally enquiries started to come in.

 

And here we see her during her ‘Classic International Cruises’ days

as the MV Funchal is seen departing Sydney on March 4, 2006

Thus this wonderful 1961 built ship has been on the market since 2015, and as from February 7, 2017 I was in close contact with a group who had interest of obtaining her, and it certainly seemed to be going well, but suddenly she was purchased by a British Hotel Group, “Signature Living for US$4.4 million on December 5, 2018.” However, once again just like Portuscale, this Hotel Group who intended to turn her into a raving “Floating Beach Party Ship” operating short cruises, giving this fine looking ship a horrific livery.

What a tragedy, this will be her hideous new livery as she becomes “The Funchal floating beach club”

But once again another Hotel Group really had no idea what operating a cruise ship would entail, and thus they were completely out of their depth. Today close to a year later, instead of the Funchal as Signature Living had stated would head off to Liverpool to be converted, the truth is she is still laid up in Lisbon.

NEWS - November 12, 2019; The Group I was in contact with before Signature Living purchased the Funchal a year ago contacted me yesterday and advised me that they are still interested in obtaining her, therefore they will have an inspection aboard the Funchal in Lisbon in two weeks.

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If you are interested in this wonderful ship’s history, for she has been one of the finest Classic Intimate Yacht-Like Cruise Ships in the world for 57 years, and always retained her original name as built! Enter the following link located below the photograph below of her in her final role as the Portuguese cruise ship MV Funchal.

This is the Funchal as we love to see her, but instead we will now have to say;

“Farewell old Girl, we are sorry that you will become that hideous Party Ship!”

 

Visit the SS/MV Funchal History page

 

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Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2

Berthed at: Port Rashid Dubai, UAE

 

“Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2” is Open

 

“Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2” seen at Port Mina with the Marina astern

the main Terminal, containing the Front Desk, the QE2 & Cunard Museum

Yes, it is true the “Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2” has finally opened on April 18, 2018. Her operators stated in an advertisement;

“Discover a world of gastronomy, entertainment and nightlife experiences onboard the QE2. From casual and fine dining, to grand theatres and nightclubs, she will have a selection of 12 diverse venues to uncover at her prime location in Dubai’s Mina Rashid …"

Prior to her opening, the QE2 was moved from Port Rashid to the Dubai Dry Dock Nº 3 where she received an exceptional makeover as described below.

The QE2 is seen being moved to Dubai’s-Dry-Dock Nº 3

It was exciting, when she was moved to dry dock on March 18, 2018 and a great deal of work commenced on her with countless workers worked on her around the clock. For only the third time in history, the QE2’s hull was stripped back to bare metal, and she was fully repainted with fresh new paint.

In addition, all her openings below the waterline were welded shut; this included her bow thrusters, as well as her stabilisers, and then sadly her propellers were removed. Of course her lifeboats and the davits had already been removed, and this gave them the opportunity for the boat deck to be widened.

Here we see the QE2 in Dubai Dry Dock Nº 3

In addition another on her stern is the ships name; “Queen Elizabeth 2” and directly below her name, they affixed somewhat larger distinctive “DUBAI” tourism logo, as well as “Mina Rashid” directly below, where the port of registration would be.

Here we see Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 new stern

When I last saw the QE2 in Dubai on September 21, 2009 at that time she was no longer registered in Southampton, but in “Port Vila Vanuatu”, I had already heard on the grapevine that “on her stern, “SOUTHAMPTON” had disappeared,” as far as I know that happened some time earlier, but it was sad to see this once great Royal Mail Ship registered in such a small Pacific Island country.

The stern of the QE2 - How sad is thos photo?

QE2 in Dubai on September 21, 2009 – Note that she is registered in Port Vila

I took this photograph from the forward part of the Dawn Princess

whilst on a 106 day around the world cruise on September 21, 2009

Photograph © Reuben Goossens

But the good news is that QE2 Hotel, Museum Function, Dinning and Leisure Centre is now open, and considering we have all waited such a long time, a very long 10 years in fact, we should be rejoicing and hope that our Great Queen of the Seas will be a huge success as a fine Luxury Hotel!

The great QE2 as we remember her as a fine and popular Cruise Ship, seen here at anchor

 

Visit my comprehensive all New Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 page

 

Or visit the official www.qe2.com Hotel website

 

Also View the “QE2 Story” located below the MV Doulos

 

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S.S. United States

The superbly built and a beautifully balanced Liner, the fastest ship in the world, S.S. United States is seen here as built

Sadly there is not any News to Provide … as Dr. P. Davis wrote; “This once great liner is badly languishing and she now looks “more like a huge Rust Bucket”

One of the great American Naval Architect’s and Marine Engineer’s Mr. William Francis Gibbs, designed both the magnificent S.S. America of 1940, and the greatest American liner ever built, the S.S United Sates of 1952. Today with the United States awaiting and hoping for a future, in charge of all this is, Susan L. Gibbs who is the Executive Director of the “SS United States Conservancy.” But even with her high profile, the great old ship is laid up in Philadelphia and sadly rusting away, without any future available to her at this time.

Updates: The SS United States Conservancy continues its efforts to secure a permanent location for America’s Flagship and is attempting to identify partners that share that vision. There was NCL who had plans for her, but they dropped out, later even Crystal Cruises decided they would rebuild her into a more modern looking cruise ship, but this also did not last long.

Part of a NCL preview brochure

 

Crystal was going to rebuild her like this

During her days there were also several Casino operators’, but they like everyone else disappeared from the scene, as sadly no one in America seems to want this once great, but now derelict American ex Liner!

Why is it that the American’s just do not care less about their great maritime history, believe it or not, Susan Gibbs even got in touch with the president “Trump” but as expected from him, he simply did not care less. But as countless, of my American readers and many from around the word (some 784 emails to date) stated; “what more we expect from man the world considers as being a joke”. (PS; the author is non-political; I am just stating what I am told).

After New York having rejected the ship and with other rejections, in 1996 the “Big U” was towed to the Port of Philadelphia but again, but all we have seen is this great ship deteriorate and locals just want her to go as far away as possible! I have been told by a good number of locals that “frankly I and the vast majority are simply fed up with this decaying monster on our doorstep.”

However, in 2018 there came another glimmer of home when RXR Realty came up with a possibility, and they gave statement back in December 2018 that they would “investigate further”. However, we have still heard nothing from; “Over the next several months, RXR Realty will be working to determine the viability of the SS United States’ redevelopment and will explore a range of potential locations for the historic vessel.”

However, considering the last thing we ever heard from them was in December 2018, and not another word from them or the Conservancy, we can all assume that as usual it is once again a no go!

Therefore as nothing has really been happening and the ship has been languishing, she is looking a tragic wreck, as I have been told by countless of my readers.

It is so sad to see her looking like a giant rust bucket, and it hurts me to say this, but sadly the photographs sent to me tend to indicate her poor state, thus all we can do is hope for the best, but I have great doubts for her!

A sad image indeed of the once great SS United States and this tragic image of her hull

 

Friends, it saddens me to have written all this about the great SS United States in the manner as I have done above, but over the years I have provided funds to the conservancy for her upkeep and have a number of certificates for owning planks as well as parts of her funnels, and other considerable donations, etc. The funds have gone into a large organisation, but little to nothing has been actually spent on the upkeep of the ship. Yes there are berthing fees, but they did received millions in huge single donations from major donors to cover most of this! Just let us hope that at least a miracle might happen and that this wonderful ship might be saved, that someone else may just come along and take her away from her current owners who have failed miserably, and that new owners do something that is worthwhile even if it is outside he USA, and not just waste so much money as has been done with far too much TALK. Just for interest, there has been talk that the conservancy has been thinking of disposing her either for scrap, or even to sink her as an artificial reef and make her available as a diving facility. Now how great is that? Not great at all, totally defeatist I would say!

Save the Classic Liners has supported the SS United States Conservancy from the very beginning & continues to do so!

 

Visit the SS United States Conservancy Page

 

The ships builder’s plate taken quite some time ago!

 

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The QE2 Story

In July 2007 the QE2 was sold to Istithmar being the investment arm of “Dubai World” a wholly owned company of the Government of Dubai. However she would be taken over by Nakheel, also a “Dubai World” company would redevelop her and construct the new islands being built known as the “Palm Jumeirah” where she was going to be berthed to become a major luxury hotel. Istithmar paid and estimate £65 million (British Pounds) for the QE2.

Having completed her final official cruise, the QE2 departed Southampton for the very last time on November 11, 2008, and she began her farewell voyage to Dubai. She arrived on the evening of 26 November 26, 2008 in a flotilla of around 120 vessels that were there to greet her including the MV Dubai, being the personal yacht of Sheikh Mohammed the ruler of Dubai. QE2 was greeted with a fly-past from an Emirates A380 jet as well as a huge fireworks display, while thousands of people gathered at the Mina Rashid, waving of British and United Arab Emirates flags.

It was a fitting welcome and her future seemed assured, however things was not as it seemed for the financial crisis of 2008 caused Dubai to have a financial freefall and the wealthiest of its citizens escaped the country, even leaving their Mercedes and BMW’s and super luxury cars at the airport as they escaped the financiers who were about to pounce on them, for most emptied their accounts and run. This disaster also left the QE2 high and dry and although she was reregistered cheaply in Vanuatu in Port Vila in 2008, she had been well maintained by around 100 workers until recently, but most have now gone, with just a very small number remaining to keep her reasonably tidy. However reports state that she is suffering, especially in areas that are from view and behind the scenes.

Interesting background on the QE2:

QE2 sailed an amazing 5.6 million nautical miles that is more than any other ship ever I know about, in other words that is like travelling to the moon and back 13 times. She has accommodated approximately 2.5 million guests and completed 802 Atlantic crossings and 24 full world cruises, thus some 1,438 voyages. That is an excellent record indeed!

What will be her future?

A close up of a clean looking ship as she had recently been repainted

Photograph © Reuben Goossens

The Timeline of the SS/MV Queen Elizabeth 2:

1964 - Cunard signs a contract to build the ship with John Brown Shipyard Clydebank, Scotland.

1967 - September 20 the ship was launched by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

1968 – QE2 undertakes her deep sea trails; the first was on November 26 to 29, and the second, December 17 to 19.

1968 - QE2 departs on her maiden voyage, being a cruise from Greenock to the Canary Islands with the author on board. Sadly the ship developed turbine troubles and she had to return to her builders.

1969 - After renewed trails on April 1 to 8, Cunard takes delivery of the QE2 on April 18 for the second time.

1969 - On May 2 the QE2 commences her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City, officially taking four days, 16 hours and 35 minutes.

1970 - She crosses the Atlantic Westbound in record time of just three days, 20 hours and 42 minutes.

1972 - QE2 undergoes a refit and rebuilding as penthouses added to the top of the ship, altering her external appearance. Accommodating 604 First, 1,223 Tourist, and 1,740 one class when cruising.

1975 - QE2 departs from Southampton on her first World voyage, the first of many world cruises.

1982 - The QE2 was requisitioned by the British government as troopship to operate in Falklands Islands Campaign. She carried 3,000 troops and 650 volunteer crew to the South Atlantic. However, she was kept well out of the way for no harm was to become her, for the ship did carry the name of Her Majesty the Queen, the Sovereign of Britain, thus she was kept far out of harm at all times, unlike the SS Canberra!

1987 – In October the SS Queen Elizabeth 2 made her final Trans Atlantic crossing from New York under steam as she was about to head to Germany where her new diesel engines were to be installed and an extensive refit and remodelling at a cost of US$162 million.

1988 –A new look MV Queen Elizabeth 2 complete with a new and far superior funnel and far more economic and faster that before, she returned to service and gained even more popularity on the Atlantic service.

1990 - Queen Elizabeth becomes the first Monarch to sail on the commercial liner with other passengers on board.

1995 - QE2 leaves New York for Southampton on her 1,000th voyage.

1996 - During her twentieth around the world cruise the QE2 passed her four millionth mile mark, and amazing feat, but there was more to come!

1998 - South African President Nelson Mandela sails on the QE2 from Durban to Cape Town. A year later the QE2 was treated to a multi-million dollar refurbishment which included all her public rooms as well as her cabins that needed updating.

2002 - QE2 passes five million miles - a world first.

2004 - The QE2 was considered as being one of the last of the great Trans Atlantic liners, for there has not been any true liners since. Although, they pretend that the Queen Mary 2 is a liner, but she certainly is not and neither was the QE 2 in her latter years, for both were then cruise ships. Although QE2 was built as a liner that would also operate cruises, but her main function was to be a liner; that means line voyages from the UK to the USA and back. Today all ships operate short and longer cruises and they may undertake the occasional cruise from the USA to and from the UK, but that does not qualify them as being a “liner”, for the encyclopaedia clearly states that a liner must be a ship that is on a regular (constant) liner service – “line voyage”!

2005 - The QE2 becomes the longest serving Cunard ship ever, surpassing the RMS Aquitania's 35 years.

2008 – November 11 Queen Elizabeth 2 departed Southampton in the evening for Dubai UAE and she was officially retired from active Cunard service.

2009 – September 21. The author saw and photographed the QE2 today whilst on a around the world cruise on Dawn Princess and noted that she was registered in Port Vila Vanuatu.

2010 – January 29. QE2 broke loose from her moorings during a storm and was only just saved from destruction by two brilliant pilots.

2012 – July, 03. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem announced that a decision has been made to retain the ship’s exterior in her “classic and traditional shape, and install 300 rooms and use her as a hotel at the new Port Rashid International Cruise Terminal within several years! Sultan Sulayem said: “So we have decided to leave her basic design as it is. We will preserve her tradition. What we are doing today is what we should have done when we first bought her.” And I agree with him, they should have and she would have been operational by now!

2013 – July, after an Asian possibility, there are great doubts for the ship as she has no power and she will be deteriorating whilst at lay-up in Dubai!

2015 – It is sad, but she is still laid-up in a dead ship state and deteriorating day by day! Although there seems to be interest by Scotland who is now taking a second look at bringing the QE2 back to the Clyde as a Hotel and a Tourist attraction. But has she gone downhill too far gone to be saved?

2017 News of her being refitted as a hotel at Port Rashid.

2018 – QE2 moved to the Dubai Dry Dock on March 18 to have her hull scrapped and repainted, also all her underwater openings welded closed and propellers removed, as well as interior work, in readiness for her to open as a hotel.

2018 – “Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2” officially had her “Soft Opening” as a 5 Star Luxury Floating Hotel on April 18 at Port Rashid Dubai.

201 – Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 continues as a successful 5 Star luxury Hotel.

 

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Canadian Pacific Railway Steamship

Click the Logo ABOVE - to enter the Keewatin site

 

Please Note: A new Page Two has been added with the ships dock & Park dedication in June 2017 - with many new photographs!

 

Also Read my: S.S. Keewantin Feature a Great 112 Year Old Passenger Steam Ship

 

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T.S. Queen Mary

 

 

The delightful 871 GRT (Gross Registered Ton) Triple Screw - T.S. Queen Mary was built by the famed Clyde Shipbuilders “William Denny & Bros Ltd” of Dumbarton on behalf of Williamson Buchanan Steamers Ltd. She was launched by Lady Colquhoun on March 30, 1933 and this fine two-funnelled ship epitomises the legendary Clyde ship building tradition and pedigree!

But the company was contacted by 1935 in regard the great new liner the RMS Queen Mary that would be launched by Her Majesty Queen Mary, thus there was a slight name change made and she became the TS Queen Mary II, but continued her regular Clyde services.

I am grateful to “Friends of TS Queen Mary Org” for the photographs provided

 

A rare photograph of the delightful Queen Mary sailing along the River Clyde

We are helping to let this memory live on for countless years in the future by promoting her!

Photograph from the ssmaritime collection

Queen Mary II was a spacious and certainly a comfortable ship and thus well suited to the large numbers of passengers on the service. Her passenger capacity made up for a good speed of 21 knots on her trials. Being a two class ship, having Cabin Class passengers located forward as well as the top deck extending aft giving the Steerage Class passengers a share of it, and also the sheltered space below it.

The delightful TS Queen Mary was finally retired after an evening showboat cruise from Largs to Rothesay on September 27, 1977 after which she was laid up in the “East India Harbour” at Greenock.

June 2018 Update Part One:

TS Queen Mary celebrated her 86th birthday on March 20, 2018 and guided tours were hosted in celebration of the anniversary of her combined launching on March 30, and her maiden voyage, although this was on May 20, 1933. We are sure that no one who attended the event back in 1933 would have thought that this delightful well built ship would be still be afloat 85 years later and that she will live on for a many years in the future, thanks to all those who love classic ships and liners and support these worthwhile causes!

Update Part Two is located below the Specifications.

TS Queen Mary Specifications:

Builder:                      William Denny & Bros Ltd., Dumbarton.

Yard:                         1262.

Built for:                    Williamson Buchanan Steamers Ltd.

Engines:                     Triple Denny & Bros Steam Turbines.

Screws:                      Triple, direct drive.

Tonnage:                    1933-1950 - 871 Gross Registered Tons.

.                                1950-1957 - 917 GRT.

.                                1957-onwards - 1,014 GRT.

Length:                      252.5ft - 77m.

Beam:                        35.1ft - 10.7m.

Draught:                    10.1ft - 3.1m.

Speed:                       19.5 knots max 21 knots.

Passengers:                2,086-day passengers.

Maiden Voyage:           May 20, 1933.

June 2018 Update Part Two:

The following restoration progress has been made over recent weeks. Some 54 windows have been replaced on the ship’s Promenade Deck and most of these have been sponsored by local companies. Each window completed and yet to be finished has to have a new frame fabricated, seals replaced and new glass fitted. Sponsorship of a window costs £500, and in appreciation a plaque will be placed below each window engraved with the name of the respective sponsor.

This photograph shows just nine of 54 the new windows installed on Promenade Deck

Other work undertaken, are some of the decking planks on her foredeck have been removed to gain access to the metalwork below. Age and the effects of the failing composite covering applied during her years on the Thames have resulted in rot in some decking planks as well as some of the transverse frames onto which the planks are bolted. There is no steel deck below thus that resulted to water ingress!

September 2019 Update Part Three:

This is the latest news regarding the now 86 year old TS Queen Mary, the work of bringing her back to her old glory has been slow but the good news is that steady progress is now being made. Once the steel repairs are completed and the ship is completely weather tight, then her internal refit will commence in earnest and in August 2019 the Queen Mary welcomed the first public aboard for the first time in many years!

On the special weekend of August 24 & 24, 2019, the Queen Mary hosted viewing tours at Glasgow Science Centre

The public were able to view the renovations, after the ship’s recent £370K dry-docking and other associated works.

 

Enter the https://tsqueenmary.org.uk/

Please Note it is currently being updated, but some pages can be visited

 

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I am very proud to present a very special Australian ship for preservation

MV Cape Don

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Like the famed historic Sydney Harbour ferry the MS Baragoola, which I strongly support in saving and preserving, and I am also adding the delightful 1963 built MV Cape Don, which is a unique all Australian vessel that should and must be retained at all costs!

The MV Cape Don was a unique purpose-built ship to service navigational aids (including manned lighthouses) all around Australia, thus being part of the “Commonwealth Lighthouse Service.”

Since retirement this excellent ship, the “MV Cape Don Society” is now responsible for restoring this delightful vessel and they will be setting up a museum on board to tell the story of her many years of dedicated service. I suggest that you visit my webpage on her, that has many interesting photographs of her and you will discover all her details as well as further links!

Visit the MV Cape Don Feature

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“Blue Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”

 

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