Three ship models are to go on display within the exhibition Charting New Waters: Recent Acquisitions to the City’s Permanent Collection at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum.
In 2015 The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum acquired eight ship models and paintings, previously owned by the Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Company Ltd. (DP&L). This important collection highlights Dundee’s rich shipbuilding and maritime history as well as its important trading and passenger links. Saved for the City with the help of a number of individuals and organisations, these models are a significant addition to the collection.
The ship models were taken from the former DP&L building, located on East Dock Street, prior to its sale. Models were made by shipyards to demonstrate their skill and used as a form of marketing for the company. Three are on display in the exhibition Charting new waters and they reflect the developments in technology and the company’s shifting focus from cargo to passengers.
DP&L was founded in 1826 after the amalgamation of two rival firms who were in direct competition for the important Dundee to London route. The company’s original focus was on trade, opening up Dundee to other major ports. Throughout the 19th and 20th Century, DP&L frequently acquired other shipping companies in order to expand its routes and modernise its fleet. In 1967 the company sold its last ship signalling the end of an era but maintained financial interest in other shipping companies. Today, DP&L continues to flourish and has expanded into leisure and recruitment services.
Lord Provost Bob Duncan, Chair of Leisure and Culture Dundee said
"We would like to thank The Lethendy Charitable Trust, W. S. Phillips Charitable Trust, Walter Craig Charitable Trust, The Alexander Moncur Trust, the National Fund for Acquisitions, Dundee City Council Common Good Fund; Leisure and Culture Dundee, Dundee Sailors Home and Hostel and the Fraternity of Masters and Seamen of Dundee for supporting us in the purchase of the DP&L material."
The exhibition runs at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum from 7 May – 23 October 2016.