Queen Mary fails to find auction buyer

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THE last surviving Clyde turbine steamer has failed to find a buyer in an online auction – although hopes are still high that a purchaser can be found.

The Queen Mary, which has languished out of use at Tilbury Docks in London since 2009, had a guide price of between £150,000 and £200,000.

But Richard Lane, of Capital Marine Services on the Isle of Wight, said the company was still hopeful a buyer could be found soon.

The Queen Mary was launched from Denny’s yard in Dumbarton in 1933 and sailed on the Clyde for 44 years, most of them under the name of the Queen Mary II after her owners agreed to relinquish the name to Cunard.

Retired by Caledonian MacBrayne in 1977, the steamer spent eight years laid up on the Clyde and a further 20 as a floating restaurant on the Thames in central London before being sold to a developer who hoped to convert the ship to a luxury hotel, to be moored at La Rochelle in France.