Tall Ship propellers berth at College Campus

The original 1m high 1.7 tonne twin bronze propellers from The Tall Ship at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum are now on permanent display at City of Glasgow College’s Riverside campus.

The propellers are a gift from Clyde Maritime Trust to the College where marine engineering lecturer, David Brown, lovingly restored their unique grandeur.

Frank Brown, Chief Executive, and Captain Ron Bailey, Chairman of Clyde Maritime Trust along with representatives from City of Glasgow College attended a formal ceremony on Monday 13 February during which a commemorative plaque was unveiled illustrating the history of The Tall Ship – the Glenlee.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:  

“We have a well-established and productive partnership with Clyde Maritime Trust and we are delighted to receive such a splendid gift of the Glenlee’s propellers which now have pride of place within our colonnaded garden and courtyard. They are a fitting legacy of Glasgow’s great shipping history and create a unique and appropriately nautical centre piece for our state of the art Riverside maritime campus.”

Frank Brown, Chief Executive, Clyde Maritime Trust, said:

“We are delighted to join with the City of Glasgow College in recognising the importance the Maritime past of the Clyde had in shaping the development of our city. The display of these iconic representations of that heritage in a setting where that tradition is being continued is very rewarding and the Trust is grateful to the college for both restoring and giving a meaningful home to these objects. We are delighted with the close ties we are developing with the College which we believe bring real benefit to both organisations. ”

The Glenlee is one of only five Clyde built ships still afloat in the world today and the only one of her kind in the UK. She is a three-masted, steel hulled sailing barque, 245 feet in length and with a cargo capacity of 2,600 tons. She was launched on December 3 1896 at the Bay Shipyard of A. Rogers & Co. in Port Glasgow.

The ship operated for over 20 years as a deep water bulk carrier circumnavigating the globe until she was acquired by the Spanish Navy in 1922 and used as a sail training ship until the 1960s. Rescued from possible scrapping by Clyde Maritime Trust in 1992 she was extensively restored and turned into a museum ship.

Today, she is The Tall Ship at Riverside, a Glasgow landmark and important cultural asset, recognising and promoting the importance of the city’s maritime history. The propellers date from when the ship was with the Spanish Navy.