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Chariots of Steam: an exhibition of model ships at Summerlee

3:50pm - 02 July 2024

A fascinating new exhibition, "Chariots of Steam," showcasing an impressive array of Clyde-built model ships, is now running at Summerlee Museum in Coatbridge.

The models, meticulously crafted by Lachie Stewart, range from paddle steamers to Clyde puffers, offering visitors an insight into the rich history of shipbuilding on the River Clyde.

Visitors can see a variety of ships, including simple half-hull design models and grand display pieces, each illustrating the laborious and complex processes involved in shipbuilding.

The exhibition also includes representations of some of the most famous ships built on the Clyde, such as the PS Maid of the Loch.

Lachie Stewart, the man behind this remarkable collection, is a true polymath. Born in Vale of Leven, West Dunbartonshire, in 1943, Stewart's achievements extend far beyond model making. He earned a gold medal in the 10,000 metres at the 1970 Commonwealth Games.

However, his passion for maritime history and model building has driven him to create an unparalleled collection over the past 60 years.

Reflecting on his journey, Lachie Stewart shared, "Creating these models has been my lifelong passion. Each ship tells a story of innovation, perseverance, and the remarkable history of the Clyde.

"I'm thrilled to share this collection with the public and hope it inspires a deeper appreciation for the art of model shipbuilding and the rich maritime heritage of our region."

Summerlee Museum's exhibition promises to be a highlight for history enthusiasts, model makers, and families alike. It offers a unique opportunity to explore these magnificent model ships' intricate beauty and historical significance.

The Chariots of Steam exhibition, free to enter, runs from 29 June – 21 October 2024.

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03 Jul 2024

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