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Tall Ship Finds A New Home

Historic Tall Ship the Glenlee took one last journey up the River Clyde to her final home beside the Riverside Museum.

The ship was pulled by three tugboats from its former home in Yorkhill Quay after a £1.5 million refurbishment by the Clyde Maritime Trust. The work took six years to complete and the ship now boasts an education area and a green heating system.

The Glenlee was built in Port Glasgow and first sailed in 1896. She sailed around the globe four times before being bought by the Spanish Navy in 1922 to be used for training. The Clyde Maritime Trust bought her back in 1992. During its 12 years at Yorkhill Quay, Glenlee is said to have had more than half a million visitors. The ship is one of only five sailing ships built at the Clyde that still remain afloat.

Dr Christopher Mason, chairman of the Clyde Maritime Trust, said: “The Tall Ship moved to Pointhouse Quay so the Glenlee can be exhibited permanently alongside the Riverside Museum. “The ship will be a perfect complement both to Zaha Hadid’s iconic building and the collections displayed inside it.“The move is a culmination of five years’ work by the crew, staff and volunteers.”

People were asked to sponsor a flag for the ship to wear during her 30-minute trip to the new site.Visitors can visit the ship and museum and enjoy a variety of events and exhibitions aimed at educating about the maritime history.

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