William Denny & Brothers Ltd archives on show

The launch of the Loch Seaforth, head-on of bow, ship entering the water, 1947.  (GUAS Ref: UGD 3/35/60/3.  Copyright reserved.)Photographs of ships built at the famous Denny yard and William Denny’s own notebook are now on show as part of an exhibition at the Scottish Maritime Museum’s Denny Tank Museum. Archive Services holds the records of the innovative shipbuilders who were closely linked to Dumbarton from the establishment of the firm in 1844. Spanning the entirety of the company’s history, the archive includes records of the ships built at the Denny yards, with photographs of many of these ships, and of the company’s staff and finances.

The exhibition itself highlights each of the long line of Denny men who played a role in the company’s successes; showcases their shipbuilding prowess from their blockade runners, high speed passenger vessels and racing yachts to their experiments with hovercraft, and demonstrates their technological innovations including the Denny-Brown stabilisers and Denny’s experimental water tank for testing ship models.

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