Glasgow Museums has a collection of about 788 ship models. These date from 1812 to 1996. This collection comprises full-hull, half-hull, amateur and miniature models that mostly relate to Clyde-based shipyards. It represents an unparalleled record of shipbuilding in the west of Scotland, encompassing models of pioneering vessels, ships of innovative design and some of the most famous vessels ever built – the RMS Queen Mary, RMS Lusitania and HMS Hood to name but three. Vessel types include war, cargo, passenger, harbour, dredging, leisure, canal, fishing and RNLI lifeboats. Other models represent mainly Scottish-built craft from the ports of Aberdeen, Leith and Dundee; although there are a few models of vessels constructed in England and Denmark, and an early 20th century model of a Norwegian Viking long-ship.
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