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 TS Queen Mary II : Sailing for the Caledonian Steam Packet Company (1943-1972)

With thanks to numerous contributing photographers and  Ian Stewart's 1968 Photograph Collection  

Above : Leaving keppel Pier (Great Cumbrae) in the late 1960s - photo by kind courtesy of Kenny Whyte

Above : Queen Mary II approaches Rothesay, seen from the deck of PS Waverley, in a photo kindly supplied by Kenny Whyte

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Above : 1969 or 1970 - and two turbine steamers remain on duty providing cruises on the Clyde. Queen Mary (in foreground) was one year younger than Duchess of Hamilton (background) and was the turbine chosen to survive the cull, when the once extensive steamer fleet was reduced to two. Car ferries and smaller motor vessels were now the essence of the CSP fleet and the paddle steamer Waverley was next to go - after the 1973 season. The Queen, the pride of the fleet, hung on. Photo by kind courtesy of Kenneth Whyte

Above : Queen Mary II at Tighnabruaich in 1967 by kind courtesy of Jake Dale

Seen from Dunoon on May 21st, 1972. Photo by kind courtesy of degahk

Above : Approaching Dunoon in August 1962. Photo by kind courtesy of Joe Dalrymple

Above : Leaving Dunoon in 1964. Photograph by Ian Stewart

Above : Queueing up to board at Largs. One photograph from a series taken in 1968 by Ian Stewart

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Photos below : A selection contributed by various correspondents. Click on the photos to see a larger sized version

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On the Upper Clyde, 1954-1956


Between The Duchesses of Montrose and Hamilton during off-season lay-up at Greenock in the early 1960s

Profile of Queen Mary II, with mainmast, as she appeared from 1954 until early 1957


Photo by Jimmy Reid, courtesy of Ronnie McLeod

Photo by Alexander Bain, courtesy of Donald Bain

Photo by Jimmy Reid, courtesy of Ronnie McLeod 

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At Rothesay 1954-1956

 At Gourock

Approaching Wemyss Bay, 9th June 1965

Photo by Jimmy Reid, courtesy of Ronnie McLeod

 Photo by David Owler courtesy of Glenda Owler

Photo by Robert Whitelaw

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Leaving Dunoon in 1946

At Rothesay in late 1950s

Seen on upper Clyde from MV Loch Ard in 1968

 Photo by Geoffrey Grimshaw (thanks to G Ferguson)

Commercial slide : Gordon Stewart collection

Photo by Jake Dale

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Passing Toward Point in 1956

On Charter from Glasgow in 1959

 Approaching Keppel in the late 1960s

Photo by Gillon Ferguson

Photo by Gillon Ferguson

  Photo by Jake Dale

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At Inveraray in 1950

In Rothesay Bay, 1957

 Queen Mary in the late 1960s

Photo by Gillon Ferguson

Photo by Gillon Ferguson

 By courtesy of Jake Dale

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Leaving Largs in 1968

 Alongside MV Glen Sannox to disembark

Enclosed promenade deck

Photo by Gordon Stewart

 Photo by Kenneth Whyte

Photo by Kenneth Whyte

Above : Queen Mary II, in the second half of the 1960s in a post card view : Gordon Stewart Collection

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Above : Two on board views taken in July 1972 displayed by kind courtesy of Robert McLuckie
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Above : Queen Mary at Gourock on the day of the Cowal Highland Games at Dunoon ; 31st August, 1968.
Photo by kind courtesy of Robert Whitelaw

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Above : By 1972, Queen Mary was the last remaining turbine steamer on the Clyde and although services were reduced further, she took on the destinations normally associated with TS Duchess of Hamilton. Here she is seen at Inveraray on August 3rd 1972 in a photo shown by kind courtesy of Frank Gradwell. She sailed for much of the season with a disfiguered bow and missing bow rudder following a collision off Gourock with a US Naval tug Natic in thick fog.
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Above : Post card issued ny ETW Dennis & Co (London & Scarborough) and sent from Dunoon in July 1962.  By kind courtesy of Michael Brown

Above : Queen Mary II in dry dock at James Lamont's at Greenock. By the late 1960s Lamonts were close to the end of thier role as shipbuilders but retained the two drydocks they had off Greenock's East India Harbour for a number of years as ship repairers. They ceased operations in 1989. The ship is in the southern of the two docks. Both were filled in in 2010 and the land used for the new Beacon Arts Centre. Photo by kind courtest of Kenny Whyte

Above : Queen Mary II off the Cloch lighthouse on 24th June 1966. Photo by kind courtesy of Tom Lee

Above : At Tighnabruaich on 25th June 1966. Photo by kind courtesy of Tom Lee

Above : Approaching Rothesay on 31st May 1971. Photo by kind courtesy of Tom Lee

Above : Leaving Rothesay on 31st May 1971. Photo by kind courtesy of Tom Lee
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