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Visit the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank in Dumbarton, watch the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank in action and discover how William Denny & Brothers’ innovative, experimental approach to shipbuilding made waves in the shipbuilding industry from the 1800s to 1963.
Innovation and Experimentation
Visit the Denny Tank, Dumbarton, to discover how William Denny and Brothers’ innovative, experimental approach to shipbuilding made waves in the shipbuilding industry from the 1800s to 1963.
“The company of William Denny & Brothers has built whole fleets of the finest vessels afloat”
The Bailie, September 1877″
It is this innovation which sets William Denny & Brothers aside from other Clyde-side shipbuilders. The firm was always ‘one step ahead’ and was even working on the development of the hovercraft just before the shipbuilding industry took a sharp downturn, causing Denny’s yard to close its doors for the final time in 1963.
This family firm will always be remembered, and its story is one which is interwoven with the development of Clyde-side shipbuilding and its influence world-wide.
Discover the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank, the length of a football pitch, and see the ship model carriage running.
Enter the world of the Victorian ship designer, in William Denny’s drawing office, and find out how to design your own ship.
Join us on a guided tour of the building and learn about Denny Brothers, builders of the famous Cutty-Sark and inventors of the Denny helicopter, Denny hovercraft and Denny-Brown stabilisers.
Discover ship models, photographs and historic objects in the Propeller shop.
Experience the working environment of the traditional model makers, clay moulders and carpenters in 1882.
Test different hull designs in our mini experiment tank with its own wave making machine.
Try your hand at smoothing and carving a real wax hull model.
Browse our well stocked retail area for that perfect memento. We have a wide selection of items ranging from pocket money goods to large maritime models.
Opening hours | DUMBARTON G82 1QS
Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm (excluding the Christmas to New Year period)
Last Admissions 3.45pm every day
Children Free (up to a maximum of three per adult)
For further information call us on: 01389 763 444
The museum is accessible to all age groups, including pre-five, Primary and Secondary students.
DENNY SHIP MODEL EXPERIMENT TANK DUMBARTON
By rail: Take the Edinburgh to Helensburgh Central train, get off at Dumbarton Central, and the Museum is five minutes from the station.
By road: Use Postcode G82 IQS for satellite navigation systems; or follow signs from Glasgow, take A82 Great Western Road, then A814 sign posted Dumbarton road. Follow brown tourist signs at roundabouts, left on Church Street and again left onto Castle street.
The Corner Cafe: Open Monday to Saturday, offering a fabulous range of snacks and meals
Health and Safety: Visitors to the Museum, and younger students in particular, are requested to adhere to Scottish Maritime Museum’s Health and Safety instructions, while in the Museum. Every effort is made by Museum staff to ensure that the areas used by visiting schools are safe to be in. Teachers are responsible for the behaviour and general health and safety of their pupils at the Museum.
For health and safety reasons, Teachers and accompanying adults should remain with their pupils at all times.
Risk assessment documents are available.
Further lnformation: Please let us know which curricular areas are being studied by the pupils, before their visit, in order for Education Services to tailor activities to suit .You can contact Museum staff on 01294 278283.