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Maritime Transport

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Glasgow Museums has a collection of about 9,570 objects relating to maritime transport. These date from 1750 to the present.

This collection represents the major industries on the River Clyde in the 19th and 20th centuries, including shipbuilding, shipping and marine engineering. Shipbuilding and boat-building are represented by objects used in the construction of ships – tools, documentary material and models. Photographs, lithographs and watercolours are also included as important sources for the study of Clydeside shipbuilding.

Shipping focuses on both merchant and Royal Navy vessels, and consists of uniforms, paintings, prints, photographs, postcards, tickets and leaflets. Models of many of these vessels, ranging from oil tankers to frigates, are strongly represented. The early pioneering work and life on the River Clyde is exemplified in the collection’s steamship, harbour, dredging and ferry models as well as through documents, photographs, topographical prints and paintings. Furthermore, the collection has four significant marine engines: two side-levers from the paddle steamers Comet 2 and Industry, both built in the 1820s, and two turbines from the pioneering turbine steamship King Edward, which was completed at the beginning of the 20th century.