In December 2021, it will be 125 years since Glenlee was launched at Port Glasgow. Glenlee is the sole surviving steel Clydebuilt barque in the UK. Along with Cutty Sark, it is one of only two square-rigged cargo vessels left in the UK. She holds a unique and treasured position in not only the story of Glaswegian shipbuilding but in that of the rich maritime sailing trade that created the city. Built in 1896 by Anderson Roger & Co. at the Bay Yard, Port Glasgow, Glenlee has had a long and distinguished career, circumnavigating the globe four times and enduring the storms of Cape Horn fifteen times. In 1922 the vessel was acquired by the Spanish Navy and renamed Galatea, under which name she spent many years as a sail training vessel. Galatea was eventually abandoned in Seville where it was identified as a Clydebuilt vessel and bought at auction by the Clyde Maritime Trust. The ship was returned to the Clyde in 1993, given back the original name Glenlee, and carefully restored by a group of employees and volunteers.
Now a popular museum ship berthed outside the Riverside Museum, Glenlee is free for the public, with over 220,000 annual visitors. There are a range of public outreach and engagement activities throughout the year. These include maritime themed toddler events, treasure hunts and craft activities, with an extensive onboard school workshop that engages over 70,000 students annually, complementing the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.
The Tall Ship Glenlee is owned by The Clyde Maritime Trust Limited. The Trust is both a limited company and an independent charity registered with OSCR.
The ship is managed and maintained by a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trust, The Clyde Maritime Centre Limited. The Clyde Maritime Centre is also responsible for the operations of Kelvin Harbour. Kelvin Harbour Limited is also a limited company.
Open Saturday and Sunday @ 10am till 5pm – No booking necessary
Tours Saturday and Sunday @ 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm and 3pm
Tour duration: 45 minutes