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Not sure of the English terminology here
· Date: Wed, 29 April 20 · Views: 324
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Keywords: Ship model test tank
Source of Image, If not your own: Histoire de la Marine 1936
Location photo was taken: France
Date photo was taken: 1930's
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Iain Crosbie
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Thu, 30 April 20 03:05

Hi Stein. I think it would be referred to as a ship model test tank. Here in Scotland on the site of the old Denny shipyard at Dumbarton we have the world's oldest commercial test tank, built in 1883 and now one of the sites of the Scottish Maritime Museum. Unfortunately, like most other places, it is closed at the moment due to the virus situation, but is a very interesting place to visit.
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ross backhouse
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Thu, 30 April 20 03:24

Hi Iain, agree with your views on the Denny,s test tank. Spent a wonderful time there during a visit to Scotland in 2018. Ross
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stein
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Thu, 30 April 20 04:51

I have changed the title. I guess I have been to a great shipyard museum, inasmuch as I worked for a year - 1976/77 I think it was - as a night watchman in the Aker yard in Oslo. I made a round of the whole yard several times each night, watching the night shift work or play poker, locking myself in and out of every room in every building, and being able to ascertain that next to nothing had changed in the last 50 years, and very little in the last 100. There were no data, no robots, everything was measured with eye and hand. They could have closed the gates one day, and without changing anything opened as a museum the next. Unfortunately they decided to make the whole yard into luxury apartments insted
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Iain Crosbie
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Thu, 30 April 20 05:01

Gentlemen, you might find this little film interesting (there are others):
https://youtu.be/KNm-ZDsrE9U
On my visits I was particularly intrigued by the machine on which the operator can carve the wax model directly from a plan of the ship. This was made by the firm of John McDowall in Johnstone near where I live. It looks like a contraption made by Heath Robinson, but is actually very clever and not a microchip in sight! At one time Johnstone was a centre for the manufacture of lathes, planing machines and other metal and wood-working machinery, sadly now all gone just like Stein's old shipyard.
I also remember walking around the boatyard of William Fife at Fairlie when it finally closed. That is another place that should really have been saved for posterity, but sadly is also now a housing development.
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stein
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Thu, 30 April 20 09:06

I have never been to Dumbarton, but I remember seeing an extremely fine model of the Denny yard at the NMM at Greenwich on my visits there in the 1980's. Of all the shipyard dioramas I have seen, this one really tops the list. And Denny's shipyard was often mentioned in a model club I was once a member of, this because very much of their working drawings were said to be still in existence.

I take my posting of a shipyard carpenters' shop to show a machine with which you could make 3 dimensional shapes by following the lines of a drawing. And you could probably adjust it to enlarge or reduce the form made relative to the size of the drawing - the hull model being made in the photo looks substantially longer than the paper the man is tracing the lines of

https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/galle...7-shop/cat/525

I believed they were still doing upkeep on Fife yachts in Fairlie, but that belief was perhaps grounded in obsolete information. You would have thought there was money around to support that though. They say that when you have completed your Ferrari collection, you then buy a Fife yacht and replace everything in it with perfect copies but for a couple of feet from the keel or somewhere, so as to be able
to claim that it is a genuine Fife.
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Davie M
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Thu, 30 April 20 09:46

Well worth a visit if in the area. First job after leaving school was as a “go for” between the yard and the engine works at the other end of the town.
The engine works would build the machinery load it onto a barge and float it down the River Leven to the fitting out basin in the yard next to the castle.
The shipyard is now partly covered by houses and a football pitch.
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Iain Crosbie
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Thu, 30 April 20 15:06

Stein, there is a company called Fairlie Restorations who are based in the south of England and they restore old Fife yachts from the original drawings which they managed to acquire from the yard after it closed. Fairlie itself was a rather unlikely place to build yachts due to a very shallow foreshore and in fact as the yachts got bigger the yard had to construct a type of floating dock in which to put the boats for launching. This was then run down the slipway until it could be floated off into deeper water and then presumably sunk to allow the yacht to float off. I do not know if the dock had the means to rise and fall or if they just depended on tides to do the work for them.
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