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Paper Boats

Here at the Museum we have our own collection of Scottish sea inspired art. This includes painting, drawings and sculptures. One of the artists is George Wylie. He was an artist who made us notice things around us especially things…

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Beach Scavenger Hunt

One of the sculptures in our art collection is Pelorus Pisces by Will Maclean. The name Pelorus refers to a navigating device which is used at sea and Pisces is the star sign which is used in navigation and the…

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Paper helicopter

The Denny ship model experiment tank is well known for its role in the advancement of ship design. But did you know that experiments in the tank also led to the development of the helicopter? Edward Mumford and J. Pollock…

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Communication is vital when at sea and there are different ways of achieving this, one method is to use flags. Vessels use the International Code of Signals to message other ships or to people on shore. Each flag represents a…

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Dazzling Ships !

During World War I ships were painted in ‘Dazzle’ patterns to try and confuse German submarine officers using periscopes. This meant they couldn’t quite believe what they were seeing! The patterns distorted the shape of the boat and made it…

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Challenge yourself with our Martime Wordsearch or test your searching skills with a Codebreaker Number Quiz, can you find the name of our mystery vessel? Maritime Wordsearch (PDF) Codebreaker Number Quiz (PDF)

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Colouring Pages

A relaxing 10 minute activity based on our collection. There are also a couple of friends that you may recognise if you have visited the museum before ! Anchor (PDF) The Linthouse (PDF) Cat's head from Cutty Sark (PDF) SMM…

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