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The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank

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The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank was the world’s first commercial example of a test tank and was the starting point for many of William Denny & Brothers great innovations.

Today the Denny Ship Model experiment Tank, a grade A listed building,  is all that is left of William Denny & Brothers but it is now a superb and unique 4 star visitor attraction. Retaining all of the original features including; the tank and carriage, the clay beds and Tracers office, as well as, a host of interpretation and displays that have been sympathetically incorporated allowing visitors to enjoy an immersive experience into one of Scotland most innovative shipyards.

The Tank was completed in 1883 and was designed to test scale models to determine the most efficient hull shape and power requirement for any particular vessel.  These small-scale tests were used to predict the behaviour of full-sized hulls. Throughout its working life the Tank tested models of a variety of vessels and explored various propulsion methods, including propellers, paddles and vane wheels.  Experiments were carried out on models of the Denny-Brown stabilisers and the hovercraft to gauge their feasibility. 

The Denny Ship Model Experiment tank is open Monday to Saturday 10AM-4PM. 

KIDS GO FREE Adults are £3.50, Concessions are £3.00.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and No.1 attraction in Dumbarton

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The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank
Scottish Maritime Museum
Castle Street
G82 1QS

T: 01389 763444
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