Dumbarton, Scotland. The shipbuilding interests of the Denny family date back to William Denny, born 1779, for whom ships are recorded being built in Dumbarton as far back as 1811. By 1823 the company name had changed to William Denny and Son. From 1845 the company became Denny Brothers, this being William Junior, Alexander and Peter, and in 1849 the firm was reconstituted as William Denny and Brothers. Although the Denny yard was situated near the junction of the River Clyde and the River Leven, the yard was on the Leven. Some significant Denny-built vessels include:
Cutty Sark, 1869; completed by Denny's after the liquidation of her contracted builders, Scott and Linton; preserved in a dry dock at Greenwich, London, England.
SS Coya, 1892; a Lake Titicaca steamer and now a floating restaurant.
SS Sir Walter Scott, 1899; excursion steamer on Loch Katrine, Scotland
TS King Edward, 1901; excursion steamer and the first commercial vessel powered by steam turbines.
SS Parthia, 1870; an ocean liner built for the Cunard Line. Existed under multiple roles and ownerships for over 80 years before finally being scrapped in Japan.
Delta Queen, 1924, currently a hotel at Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
TS Queen Mary, 1933; formerly a Clyde turbine steamer, now a floating restaurant, previously in London/
PS Ryde, 1937; built for the Southern Railway, and the World's last coal fired sea-going paddle steamer when withdrawn from service in 1969.
MV The Second Snark, 1938; a former Denny owned tug and tender on the Clyde.
MV Lymington, 1938, an Isle of Wight ferry that in 1974 became the Clyde ferry MV Sound of Sanda.
MV Royal Iris, 1950; a former Mersey ferry berthed at Woolwich, London.
HMS Jaguar, 1957; Leopard class frigate, now BNS Ali Haider in Bangladesh Navy.
Denny D2 Hoverbus; an early attempt to build a hovercraft for use as a passenger vehicle
GMV Aramoana, 1961, Last vessel built by William Denny and Brothers. She was a ferry built for the New Zealand Railways Department.
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