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‘Their dexterity and creativity as individuals is inspiring, and collectively they have left an exceptional cultural legacy from the heart of the shipbuilding and maritime trade on the Clyde.’

Glasgow Museums have an impressive array of ship models in their collections and have gathered them together in a lovely volume that’s an ideal gift for model enthusiasts. We hope you can appreciate the intricacy of the craft in these images, even inspire a trip to their museums in the Christmas holidays!


Images taken from Glasgow Museums: The Ship Models
By Culture and Sport Glasgow
Published by Glasgow Museums



Both of these ships are prisoner-of-war models made by French sailors held in Britain during the Napoleonic Wars, early 19th century; bequeathed by Col CL Spencer.



This prisoner-of-war model is shown at more than twice its actual size in this picture.


The top ship, Finisterre, is a shipbuilder’s display model given by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.

The bottom left hand ship, City of Chester, is a shipbuilder’s display model given by Barclay, Curle & Co.

The bottom right hand ship, Kaimanawa, is a shipbuilder’s plating model by Henry Robb Ltd, Leith, for the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand Ltd.


Glasgow Museums: The Ship Models by Culture and Sport Glasgow is published by Glasgow Museums, priced £35.00

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