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CASTLE STREET, SHIP MODEL EXPERIMENT TANK (BRITISH SHIPBUILDERS - FORMERLY VICKERS LTD)LB24873

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
21/10/1976
Local Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Planning Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Burgh
Dumbarton
NGR
NS 40037 75207
Coordinates
240037, 675207

Description

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,

earth embankments.

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.

References

Bibliography

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.

pp 55-7.

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