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Glasgow Humane Society’s Bennie boat ready for Riverside move

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The long process of preparing the Bennie rowing boat for display at Riverside Museum is nearing completion. Back in August, we started the slow process of drying the boat out. Although in great condition, she’d not left the River Clyde, with a few exceptions, since her launch in the 1950s!

Bennie is named after her builder, Ben Parsonage, the former Officer of the Glasgow Humane Society. Ben built the boat in the 1950s and in keeping with the tradition of naming the boat after the Glasgow Humane Society’s current officer, it was named Bennie. Ben’s son George, who is himself now Officer of the GHS, donated Bennie to Glasgow Museums earlier this year. With the help of Bennie and the other GHS resuce boats, George and Ben Parsonage are credited with saving thousands of lives.

After drying her out, Riverside staff moved Bennie to the conservation lab.  There, under the supervision and guidance of conservator Gretel Evens, Museum of Transport Visitor Assistants carefully cleaned Bennie, revealing the different colours on her hull.

Now Bennie is ready to be transported to her new home in the Riverside Museum, which is due to open in spring 2011.


Written by Rebecca Jackson

November 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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