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  • Clyde Maritime Centre
    The Clyde Maritime Centre opened in 1999 and tells the story of the River Clyde’s Maritime history and its people. It's housed in the sandstone Pumphouse building, adjacent to Yorkhill Quay, which held the hydraulic machinery for the nearby Queen's Dock. The hydraulics operated the capstans, cranes and bridge. The Pumphouse now contains a café bar, restaurant and exhibitions.


  • sv GlenleeGlenlee
    The centrepiece of the Clyde Maritime Centre is the sv Glenlee. She is permanently moored at Yorkhill Quay and is currently undergoing full restoration by the Clyde Maritime Trust. All her rigging and masts have been restored and she has been painted to restore her original livery. The 19th century barque, built in Port Glasgow, was launched in 1896. The sv Glenlee circumnavigated the world four times and in 1922 she became a Spanish Navy training ship. She was sold to the Clyde Maritime Trust in 1992 and brought back to the Clyde where she had her name restored to the sv Glenlee. The sv Glenlee is part of the National Core Collection of 43 Historic Ships. She took part in Cutty Sark Tall Ships Festival where she was the only Clyde-built ship in the fleet.

  • Pacific Quay
    The area known as Pacific Quay was previously Cessnock Dock and then, after a Royal Opening, Prince's Dock. The Canting Basin of the Princes Dock (the area of water where the ships used to turn) is all that remains on the Pacific Quay site. An area of regeneration, when completed it will include a Business Park, a Media campus including BBC Scotland, the Glasgow Science Centre, the Glasgow Tower, an iMax cinema, parks and recreation facilities.

  • Glasgow Science Centre
    The Glasgow Science Centre explores the effects of science and technology on society and includes the Glasgow Tower. Science Centre site The centre aims to increase the public's awareness of the importance of science and technology in society by presenting information in an accessible, fun way. The Science Mall, a crescent shaped titanium building overlooking the former Prince's Dock canting basin, houses four floors of exhibits. The ground floor features a Science Show Theatre, and Electronic Library and a Computer Lab. The other three floors feature themed exhibits on scientific Exploration and Discovery, Creativity and Innovation and Issues and Impacts.

  • The Glasgow Tower
    The Glasgow Tower is a new landmark for Glasgow. It stands 459-foot high and is the tallest free-standing structure in Scotland and the only 360-degree ground-revolving structure in the world. From the viewing cabin you'll be able to see 20-mile views over the city and surrounding areas. The base of the Tower contains exhibits on the effect of science and technology on Glasgow's past and future development, as well as information on the engineering involved in the Tower.

  • Anderston Quay
    Anderston Quay is east of Pacific Quay on the north side of the river and is the berth of the paddle steamer Waverley.

  • WaverleyThe Waverley
    The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world and has transported many Glaswegians 'doon the watter' to the Firth of Clyde in her long history. She is well known for her distinctive red, white and black funnels. In recent years, however, the Waverley has also sailed on the River Thames, the Bristol Channel and round the south coast of England. She was built to work on the River Clyde and its wide estuary and launched in 1946 at the former Inglis yard on the Clyde. The future of the Waverley was in doubt in the early 70s, but in 1974 she was bought by enthusiasts from the Paddle Streamer Preservation Society for £1.00 from owners CalMac. By 1975 she was back on the Clyde again. She underwent a major rebuild in 2000 and can still be seen in places like Gourock, Largs, Dunoon and the islands of Bute and Arran during the summer months.

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