Inverclyde Ships

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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See thousands of images and records from the collections of the McLean Museum and Inverclyde Archives on our Collections Online website. Use the link on the left to take you there.