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Launch of Paddle Steamer "Glen Gower"

Paddle Steamer launch at Troon in 1922

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Launch of the paddle steamer "Glen Gower" at Troon in 1922. This film features a variety of shots of the launch party, including: guests arriving at the yard and mounting the launch platform; Mrs Alec Campbell smashing a bottle against the hull and the vessel sliding down the slipway into the water; a side angle shot of same showing men aboard the ship; and the paddle tug "Troon" towing the "Glen Gower" away presumably to the fitting-out basin. The ship was built for for P. & A. Campbell Ltd., Bristol, by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company.

Questions & Activities


  • What is a paddle steamer?
  • Why is a ship launch considered an important event?
  • How does a paddle steamer work?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of ship?
  • Where are they generally used?


Geography / English / History (Age of Invention): Research the shipbuilding industry on the Ayrshire coast and the importance of paddle steamers to the development of the tourist industry in the West of Scotland.

English / ICT: Write and record narration to turn the film into a news report that reflects what you have discovered.

English: You could als write an account of the event from the perspective of one of the workers and dignitaries, focussing on their emotional response to the event.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-203-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 1543
Date 1922
Genre Sponsored, Documentary
School Subject Geography, Social Studies, History, Technologies, English, ICT, Business Studies
Subject Matter Rivers and Coasts, Tourism
Who Gaumont (production company), P. & A. Campbell (sponsor)
Where Troon
Event Ship Launch
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 3:57
Film Length 3:57