Pall-Ex members Bullet Express and Intercounty Distribution are helping restore an iconic Clyde steamer by handling the delivery of its original rudder from Glasgow to Cornwall.

The component, belonging to TS Queen Mary, was transported to marine manufacturer Wills Ridley for a full inspection, followed by a condition report and a proposal for repair.

Specialised packaging was developed to ensure the rudder’s safety during transit and fellow Pall-Ex member Rhino Express Solutions’ sister firm, Rhino Export Packing, created a bespoke crate to minimise the risk of damage.

Pall-Ex said the rudder’s transport was conducted free of charge to support the charity, Friends of TS Queen Mary.

Bullet Express has a longstanding involvement with the charity, previously assisting with equipment storage for its restoration.

Chief executive David McCutcheon has also attended several meetings to offer his support to the charity’s work.

The aim once it is restored is for it not only to carry passengers but also serve as a skills and training cadet ship for young people.

McCutcheon said: “We are thrilled to be part of such an historic project and are happy we’ve been able to play a small part in the restoration of TS Queen Mary. We look forward to seeing the ship back in active service once more.”

Kevin Buchanan, chief executive of the Pall-Ex Group, said: “This was a special delivery to be a part of, and we applaud our members for their professionalism and due diligence in ensuring a safe transit.”

The TS Queen Mary rudder was packed for delivery at Glasgow

The TS Queen Mary rudder was packed for delivery at Glasgow

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TS Queen Mary was launched in 1933 at the William Denny shipyard for Williamson-Buchanan Steamers.

She undertook her final public sailing in 1977 before being laid up in the East India Harbour in Greenock.

By 2015, its deterioration was severe and she was on the verge of being scrapped until last minute intervention by Friends of TS Queen Mary saved her from being dismantled.