Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank

Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank
Castle Street
West Dunbartonshire
G82 1QS



01389 763444

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The Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank was built in 1882. It is one of the last reminders of the shipyard of the innovative and famous Company William Denny and Brothers. The tank was built to test ship hull designs and retains many original features including a water tank as long as a football pitch.

Experience the working environment of the model makers, clay moulders and carpenters in 1882. Try your hand at smoothing and carving a real wax hull model. Test different hull designs in our own mini experiment tank. Enter the world of the Victorian ship designer, in William Denny’s drawing office, and find out how to design your own ship. Join us on a guided tour of the building and learn about Denny Brothers, builders of the famous Cutty Sark and inventors of the Denny helicopter, Denny hovercraft and Denny-Brown stabilisers.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm (excluding the Christmas to New Year period)

Admission charges


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Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre at the Tank

  • 15 May 2014 7-9pm

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to see internationally-renowned Sharmanka Kinetic Sculpture perform in this unique venue! Opening on a Sunday for the first time in years, Denny Tank, the historic workplace of some of the most innovative shipbuilders and designers of their day, will showcase Sharmanka's brand new sculptures: an eclectic mix of light, carvings, moving parts and music. Come along and find out what this unique art form has to offer.