Lead Partner: Scottish Maritime Museum
Other Partners: Scottish Government
Museums Galleries Scotland
Project HistoryClick an image to enlarge
Old Kilpatrick to Dumbarton, Dumbarton
The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank was built in 1882. It is
one of the last reminders of the shipyard of the innovative and
famous Company William Denny and Brothers. The tank was built to
test ship hull designs and retains many original features including
a water tank as long as a football pitch.
The building in Dumbarton is part of the Scottish
Maritime Museum. It has been refubished to provide a more
attractive and prominent museum experience and further
interpretation and development work is continuing.
The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank is a fantastic
demonstration of the skill and professionalism undertaken by
Victorian ship designers. The building is now far more visible than
it used to be and the new facade acts as more of a draw to
The Phase 1 renovation works to the Denny Tank building are now
completed; the work included re-facing the render to the building,
new windows, new heating system, also repair and replacement of the
roof to the tank, as well as improvements to the front of house
area. The building is now more visible than it used to be , and the
entrance to the Museum is now more welcoming in that it is a
The re-interpretation of Denny Tank is also now complete.
Fundraising will then take place for Phase 2, which will create
improved visitor facilities and educational space.
Phase 1 £350,000
Between 2003 and 2014 Clyde Waterfront was a strategic
partnership comprising the Scottish Government, Scottish
Enterprise, Glasgow City, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire
Councils. Its purpose was to promote the economic, social and
environmental regeneration of 13 miles of the River Clyde from
Glasgow city centre to Dumbarton.