SCOTLAND’S first minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, has given her backing to the Queen’s restoration.
But it was the ‘Queen’ of Glasgow’s Govan, TS Queen Mary, rather than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, she was endorsing, when she visited the iconic Clyde steamer at its Glasgow Science Centre berth to view restoration progress.
Ms Sturgeon was welcomed aboard by Clyde Marine Training officer cadets from Glasgow College’s nautical faculty who will be working on the ship’s restoration as part of their studies, thanks to a partnership deal with the college.
She met Iain Sim, Friends of TS Queen Mary trustee and Clyde Marine Training managing director, Colin Murray, who showed the first minister round the ship, highlighting how she will look when complete.
Nicola Sturgeon, who is the local MSP for Govan, said: “Govan’s shipbuilding tradition is second to none and I was delighted to visit TS Queen Mary and see at first hand the work being done to restore this vital part of our heritage. This is a fantastic project and provides a great opportunity for young people to get involved in the restoration.”
Iain Sim said: “I was delighted to welcome the first minister to see around TS Queen Mary and learn more about our project. This historic ship has an important place in Scotland’s heritage as the last, surviving turbine steamship.”