1882-3. E R Mumford, Superintendent of the works (Mumford,
together with William Froude, naval architect (d. 1879), had
previously established a tank at Torquay). Professor J
McQuorn Rankine, engineer. Narrow ashlar frontage, wide
segmental-arched doorway to right, window in corresponding
panel to left; plain pilasters, cornice, parapet swept up in
centre containing carved panel of William Froude.
Long narrow workshop containing testing-tank runs to south.
Walls mostly brick with buttresses and round brace-plates,
Slate roof with skylights and wooden sarking not original.
Original triangular steel trusses inside. Long narrow
brick-lined tank, faced with cement plaster, runs the full
length of shed. Double teak walkways supported by girders in
side walls and with double tracks for sliding platforms.
Brick extension at south end dates from 1920s and contains a
wavemaker. Modern 3-storey office extension on east side not
included in listing.
Statement of Special Interest
Built for Denny's of Dumbarton. Panel on street frontage is
inscribed "Leven Ship Yard Experimental Tank"
The first privately owned experimental tank built in the
world, and said to now be the oldest still in existence.
Modified following a fire in 1924, when deep section was
extended by 50 feet, and walkway suspension was improved.
Dean of Guild plans of alterations passed 4.6.1903.
Information per the late Mr Tom Glen, formerly of Vickers Ltd
and of British Shipbuilders. Experiment Book No. 1 dates the
first experiment to 21 February 1883.
DENNY'S OF DUMBARTON, SOUVENIR, 1908 pp 65-75 (inc. illus)
DENNY, DUMBARTON, 1932, pp 65-70 (inc illus), (revised
version of above).
Donald MacLeod, DUMBARTON, VALE OF LEVEN & LOCH LOMOND, n.d.
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