Glenlee: Glasgow’s Tall Ship

Glenlee reflected in the Riverside Museum
Glenlee reflected in the Riverside Museum

Glasgow’s Tall Ship, Glenlee, is berthed outside the Riverside Museum. Both are free, and make a great day out – especially when it’s bright and sunny as it was last Saturday.

Glenlee has had a chequered history since she was launched at Port Glasgow in 1896. She has also been known as Islamount (1899), Clarastella (from 1919 when she was sold to an Italian company) and Galatea (from 1922 when she was sold to the Spanish navy as a training vessel.) In 1992, she was purchased by the Clyde Maritime Trust who brought her “home”, restored her, including her name, and opened her to the public in 1999. She’s been at the Riverside since it opened in 2011. Last weekend, the Glasgow Gathering of Quilters had an exhibition of work inspired by the Clyde – it’s still there till Friday if you hurry.

I last visited the Riverside not long after it opened and wrote about my impressions then. This time, there was less pressure to see everything and we just wandered round the bits that caught our eye. We had a tasty lunch in the downstairs café at the start of our visit (fish and chips for him; vegetable balti for me) – there’s also a more casual place for snacks upstairs and a coffee shop on the ship, so you could easily spend the whole day there. The Riverside won the European Museum of the Year Award 2013 – it’s well-deserved.




  1. Desde España y dese la web buque escuela de maniobra Galatea (Glenlee) les hacemos partícipes de los libros que hemos escrito sobre el Glenlee-Galatea, de fotos, documentos, videos, reportajes de radio y televisión etc. Un saludo a todos

    From Spain and spoil the ship maneuvering web Galatea school (Glenlee) would become partakers of the books we’ve written about the Glenlee-Galatea, photos, documents, videos, radio and television reports etc. Greetings to all