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Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank

Door open days

West Dunbartonshire

Dumbarton. How to get there : Go to the end of Castle Street, (extends from the High Street).

See 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. This is part of the Scottish Maritime Museum.

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. Experience the working environment of the model makers, clay moulders and carpenters in 1882. Try your hand at smoothing and carving a real wax hull model. Test different hull designs in our own mini experiment tank. 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.�

See more at:

FREE entrance on Doors Open Day.

Caf�. Museum shop.

The premises have several steps.


Key Information

Building Date: 1882

Tours of the architecural features of this unique test tank building.

Where to find us

  • Scottish Maritime Museum
  • Castle Street
  • Dumbarton
  • G82 1QS