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Irvine Harbour and the Scottish Maritime Museum

A slide show about Irvine harbour and the Scottish Maritime Museum

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Irvine's harbour was one of the most important ports in Scotland in the 16th century. Much of the harbour went into decline in the 19th century when Glasgow, Greenock and Port Glasgow achieved higher prominence as sea ports. However across from the main harbour on the River Irvine there was also a terminal for the ICI-Nobel Explosives plant on the River Garnock which was active until more recently. It gave rise to the innovate millennium idea to have a museum called ‘The Big Idea’ about Alfred Nobel and the explosives plant. An opening bridge known locally as the 'Sliding bridge', links across to it and other land on the Ardeer peninsular. Unfortunately,The Big Ideat proved not a sufficiently good idea to survive long term. Irvine Harbour itself is now officially closed as a commercial port

The Scottish Maritime Museum is based in the west of Scotland, with sites in Irvine and Dumbarton. At these two sites, the Museum holds an important national collection, containing a variety of historic ships some linking to Irvine. It also contains many artefacts, shipbuilding machinery, machine tools, and fascinating personal items. Many of these exhibits can be found inside the Linthouse Building in Irvine, a unique Grade A listed, 19th-century historic building known as the Linthouse Engine Shop. It is the former engine shop of Alexander Stephen and Sons which was salvaged and relocated from their derelict shipyard in Glasgow in 1991 to Irvine.

Posted by drever 11:34 Archived in Scotland Tagged beaches bridges buildings birds boats scotland history

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