Inverclyde Ships

Henry Bell (1767-1830) painted by John Fleming (1792-1845) - Oil on canvas - 78 x 65.2 cm  - 1826 - 1978.369 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Late nineteenth century builder's half ship model of the sv Deveron built by Robert Steele & Co., Greenock as yard no. 93 in 1875 for J. Russell. - 2006.101 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Builder's model of the Clan Sutherland, a cargo vessel, built by the Greenock Dockyard Co. The ship was built as yard No 475 and engined by J.G. Kincaid & Co. Ltd. It was launched on Thursday, 28 December 1950 for Clan Line Steamers Ltd. - 1987.162 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Builder's model of the sv Taeping, a composite construction tea clipper, by built Robert Steel & Co., Greenock in 1863. - L1987.174 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Portrait of Robert Steele (1792-1879) by Norman Macbeth (1821-1888) - Oil on canvas - 126.5 x 101.5 cm - 1877 - L1977.959 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock. This portrait shows the Greenock shipbuilder Robert Steele at the zenith of his fame, world renowned as a builder of clipper ships. Trial Trip of ps Victoria by George Washington Wilson (1823-1893) - PS Victoria was built by Blackwood & Gordon of Port Glasgow in 1886 - Bromide print on paper - P1814 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Model of the single screw Etoile class minesweeper sloops ALTAÏR and ANTARÉS built by William Hamilton of Port Glasgow in 1916 for the French Navy. - 2008.123 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Model of the refrigerated cargo vessels mv Letaba, Drakenstein and Tzaneen built by the Greenock Dockyard Co. Ltd. in 1963/1964 for SAFMARINE of South Africa. - 1996.14 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The RMS Caledonia was built for the Peninsular & Oriental Steamship Co.. by Caird & Co. of Greenock in 1894. - Bromide print on paper by Maclure, Macdonald & Co. - 1980.114 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Original builder's model of the first Clyde steel hulled vessel, the ps Windsor Castle built by Caird & Co., Greenock in 1859. - 1987.170 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Original builder's model of ps Galatea built by Caird & Co., Greenock and launched on Friday, 31 May 1889. - L1987.180 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock PS Prince Consort on Loch Lomond. - The Prince Consort was built by Caird & Co. in 1862 - Bromide print on paper by George Washington Wilson (1823-1893) - P1524 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Model of a compound naval trunk engine made by Caird & Co., Greenock. The model is made of brass, iron and steel and probably dates from around 1860. - L1988.9  - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Original builder's model of the sv Palgrave. The ship was built by William Hamilton & Co. of Port Glasgow as yard No 60 and was launched on Tuesday, 5 August 1884. - 1987.173  - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Cranes at the Scott Lithgow shipyard at Cartsburn, Greenock prior to demolition in 1987. - 2005.8.35 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Entrance to the Scott Lithgow offices at the Cartsburn shipyard, Greenock in 1987. - 2005.9.1 This sign prohibits the photographing of warships within the Scotts' Cartburn shipyard, Greenock. - 2006.374 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Cup presented to workers at Scotts' Shipyard during the refurbishment of the royal yacht Zarnitza by Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich Romanov between 1906 and 1908 under the command of Prince Pontiatine, it remained in naval service post-revolution. - 2007.896 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock The sailing vessel Hougomont in the dry dock of Scotts' Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd., Greenock in 1897 with a view beyond over Victoria Harbour towards Greenock Town Centre in 1897. - WL3516 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock Steam yacht at Scotts' East Yard, Greenock photographed in 1890. - WL936 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock

In the nineteenth and early twentieth century Inverclyde was one of the world's leading shipbuilding communities. All sorts of vessels from yachts to great sailing ships, from puffers to liners were built by Inverclyde yards, This page provides a selection of images and models from our collection. A full listing of all the vessels built locally would contain almost 10,000 entries.

If you are checking into the history of a particular vessel please download the list of launches as recorded by the local press, available under Documents on this page. Another excellent source is the Clydesite database of vessels built on the Clyde - see under External links on this page.

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Page last updated: 6 August 2018