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The webmaster thanks Dales Marine Services Ltd and the Trustees of The Friends of TS Queen Mary for their kind invitation to attend the dry-docking of TS Queen Mary. A selection of photographs follows showing the ship moved out of James Watt Dock, turned and moved into dry dock, with towage undertaken by Clyde Marine Services tugs Biter and Beaver Bay. Photos also show the ship "on the blocks" after the dock had been drained, with initial inspection underway and a preliminary water blast in progress to remove any fouling below the waterline (which was remarkably clean, having last been dry docked 19 years previously). The first photo shows the timbers ready at the dock to fit as new belting (the old decayed belting was removed at Tilbury on instruction from the local MCA surveyor). The final photo is shown by kind consent of four trustees of the Friends of TS Queen Mary - from left to right : Aidan O'Donnell, Iain Sim, Captain Calum Bryce and Ronnie Keir. Another phase of the Queen Mary restoration project completed successfully - and a job well done by all. Many thanks to those who gave of their time and resources to the charity to make this happen.
Click here for additional views taken by renowned photographer Dougie Coull who was at the Point in Greenock, to give a different angle on Queen Mary's exit from James Watt Dock.Click here for a photo mid way through her one-month dry docking by Kenny Whyte and for photos of her return to James Watt on 1st October by kind courtesy of Dougie Coull