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Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton

Castle Street | Near ASDA, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1QS, Scotland
+44 1389 763444
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A surprising little 'hidden gem'

As an ex. Marine Engineer I am always operating under a bit of a personal bias when it comes to... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
Malcolm C
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Interesting place to spend a couple of hours.

Great week place - really quite fascinating even if you're not particularly into ships etc. Had a 4... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2017
susantripper
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Scotland
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The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, part of the Scottish Maritime Museum, is a fantastic collection of working exhibits, models and artefacts based in the last remaining building of Alexander Denny and Sons one of the Clydes most famous and innovative shipyards.
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Castle Street | Near ASDA, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park G82 1QS, Scotland
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

As an ex. Marine Engineer I am always operating under a bit of a personal bias when it comes to museums of a nautical nature. This wee museum is however, something a bit 'special'. The Denny experimental ship hull form test tank, and its history...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Great week place - really quite fascinating even if you're not particularly into ships etc. Had a 4 year old in tow (haha, sorry) and even he was entertained. Staff are great. Nice week cafe too for a no-nonsense lunch. Wee bit tricky with a...More

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Reviewed 9 June 2017

This is a terrific museum, whether or not naval architecture and engineering floats your boat. It's extremely well-organised and focuses as much on the social aspects of employment during the life of the Denny shipyard as it does on the engineering side. There are plenty...More

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Reviewed 7 June 2017

The test tank which is the only remaining part left of Denny's shipyard shows our innovation in engineering providing thr ability to trial the speed and stability of a ship before it was built. The museum shows how model ship hulls were made as well...More

Thank Mick R
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Brilliant to see up close the way boat hulls are tested and developed. Great for budding designers, and an insight to research. I have been there many times, I love it.

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Wow, such a great place to visit if you are into research and development of shipping of all types, especially the developement of the Denny Hovercraft, fantastic!!! if you are into boats, boating, or the trials and tribulations of not only Dumbartons famous shipbuilding, but...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Very enjoyable visit to the Denny Tank, gives a fascinating insight into the process of designing and testing ships.

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

I took four of my nephews to see this a number of years ago when they were very young and they thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very interesting covering a big and important part of Dumbartons ship building history. The guide who took us through...More

Thank djh1224
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Reviewed 16 May 2017

Interesting museum with very knowledgeable staff with lots of information available on this topic. Tells the story of shipbuilding the area and the advances made by this amazing company.

Thank William B
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

Smallish museum with cafe and shop which was part of a prime shipyard and gives a real insight into how ships were designed and tested.

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sorry for delay No its not free entry but worth it
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