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U — Upper Clyde

Glasgow steam company advertisement

Advert for the Glasgow and Lisbon Steam Packet Co, 1854.


From Glasgow to Greenock the banks of the River Clyde have been a centre for shipbuilding for hundreds of years.

Tens of thousands of vessels, including ocean liners, steamers, warships, yachts and tall ships have been built on its shipyards.

More than 300 companies have engaged over the centuries in an industry that at its peak employed thousands of people.


The shipyards made Glasgow a powerful and prosperous city and Scotland the world's largest shipbuilding nation.

'Clydebuilt' became a byword for quality, technological innovation and productivity in shipbuilding.

Although only a handful of shipyards remain in the Clyde today, regeneration projects have given the area a new lease of life and a renewed sense of identity.


An ABC of Scotland

Upper Clyde wass just one of the 'U' topics in our alphabetical exhibition celebrating some of the outstanding achievements by Scotland and Scots.

'Wha's like us?' ran from 13 December 2013 to 18 May 2014.

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