Denny Tank Museum, Dumbarton

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#1 of 12 in Museums in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank was the world's first privately owned commercial tank and was built in 1882 using Froude's design of the 1870 Admiralty tank at Chelston Cross, Torquay. From its inception until 1963 it was owned by William Denny and Brothers of Dumbarton, world renowned builders of fast cross channel steamers. It was then owned by Vickers until its closure in 1983. The facility has been in the safe hands of the Scottish Maritime museum since 1986.

Visitors to the museum will be able to see the complete model making process, which has remained virtually unchanged since tank testing began.

The purpose of the tank was to test scaled down models of the proposed ships hull to find out the stability, speed, and drag in the water. With the new tank the Dumbarton firm enjoyed a tremendous advantage over their rivals. Before even the keel of a Denny boat was laid her speed had been determined.
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  • Pleasantly run cafe very clean and breakfast was excellent and very good value for money the staff were very friendly  more »
  • Called in lunchtime with my wife and 2 children . Mixed order of food all served quickly and freshly cooked . Incredibly interesting surroundings , with photos etc . Clean and basic wee restaurant . I...  more »
  • Popped in here on a whim and had a lovely time exploring a relic of our industrial industry. Staff were incredibly friendly and really made an effort to engage the youngest members of the party. Reall...  more »
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  • Really interesting for those who like local area history or shipping/ship building history. The smallncafe is also nive. Very pleasant staff and even a small gift shop.
  • Interesting maritime museum, home to the first test tank in the world on a large scale. Plenty to see and plenty of relative activities for adults and kids. It also has a 3d printer (kind of) built in 1884! At £3.50 per adult and free entry for children, a good couple of hours at a reasonable price with friendly staff.
  • A fantastic and unique museum. Amazing how they had CNC machines before computers.
  • Staff very friendly; exhibits well later out and interesting. All in all worth the small admission fee
  • It is a unique experience into the development of ship building and design of earlier days particularly on the Clyde using models of wax and testing them totally in an enormous test tank. Much worth a visit and the little Cafe attached thereto is also worthy of testing for good food at modest cost.

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