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S.V. Glenlee, The


(The Tall Ship)

The Tall Ship: SV Glenlee, Glasgow
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

The Tall Ship: SV Glenlee, Glasgow

Located beside the Clydeside Expressway, near the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre at Yorkhill Quay in Glasgow, is the Glenlee, one of only five Clyde-built sailing ships which are still afloat. Built in 1896, she is a 19th Century barque and ran cargo loads across the globe, circumnavigating the world on four occasions before becoming a Spanish Naval training ship in 1922. She was purchased by the Clyde Maritime Trust in 1992 and restored to her former glory.

The ship is berthed at the western end of the former Queen's Dock (built 1872-80, closed 1969 and in-filled 1975). The former pump-house which once provided hydraulic power to the dock's cranes has been preserved and forms part of the attraction. This B-listed building houses a cafe and exhibitions, which trace the history of Glasgow as a port and the river as a transportation conduit, from the first shipyard at Kelvinhaugh (1830) through to the opening of the Queen's Dock and the building of Yorkhill Quay.


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