Category Archives: ship launch

Britannia – a rather special yacht

Probably G.L. Watson’s most famous and successful design, the cutter yacht Britannia was launched 20 April 1893 at D.&W. Henderson’s Meadowside Shipyard, Partick, Glasgow. It’s where the River Kelvin meets the River Clyde, opposite the present day Riverside Museum. She … Continue reading

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The launch of the ‘Queen Mary’: ship 534

Originally posted on University of Glasgow Library:
80 years ago today ship number 534, the Cunard White Star Liner built on the river Clyde by John Brown’s shipyard, was launched and given the name RMS Queen Mary. (DC101/1481/Q/4/Y7) The Queen…

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Art and cheeriness

My first close encounter with the work of scul?tor (that’s not a typo), George Wyllie (1921-2012), was at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art in the early 1990s. Navigating to the source of some hearty giggling where I’d once had to … Continue reading

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Inclining test

The launch of a new – very pretty – sail training vessel last week at Damen Shipyards Galaţi, Romania. We guess she passed the inclining test… The client is believed to be the Royal Navy of Oman. With thanks for … Continue reading

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Seawards The Great Ships

Maritime and offshore news website gCaptain recently got quite excited about some remarkable ship launching footage from Croatia. [Update December 10 2014: unfortunately the original HD footage of the heavy lift ship Jumbo Kinetic’s launching at Brodosplit Shipyards, Croatia was … Continue reading

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