The Glenlee was built in Port Glasgow in 1896, just a few miles away from its current moorings. Here are some important facts and figures relating to the ship:
- Length 74.4m, Beam 11.4m and Depth 6.8m.
- Gross tonnage: 1613 tons.
- Cargo capacity: 2,600 tons.
- Orignally named Glenlee but renamed Islamount i 1899.
- Employed as a cargo vessel under the British flag until 1919 when sold to an Italian company and renamed Clarastella.
- Completed four circumnavigations of the world.
- Acquired by Spanish Navy in 1922 for sail training purposes and renamed Galatea.
- Acquired by Clyde maritime Trust in 1992 and returned to the Clyde.
- Restored and opened to the public in 1999.
It is appropriate that this Clyde built vessel should find a final home on the Clyde and allow visitors to connect with the city’s long ship-building tradition.
A selection of images are provided below.
To sum up, this ship is a worthwhile visitor atrraction with added benefit of good views of Glasgow and the River Clyde.