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Through the window of his Dunoon home, amateur photographer Robert Paterson captured the pleasure, innovation and tragedy of a bygone era on the Clyde.

On display at the Scottish Maritime Museum Dumbarton, Window on the Clyde: Family photos of the river’s golden age showcases pleasure cruisers and their history through the photographs and story of one family.

Through the window of his Dunoon home amateur photographer Robert Paterson captured a bygone era of the Clyde. Using his extraordinary photography collection the Scottish Maritime Museum looks back at the pleasure, innovation, and tragedy that took place on these waters. Join us as we open a window onto the world of Clydebuilt ships.

This immersive photography exhibition tells the story of the Clyde during the period of the late 1800s to the end of World War II. Three generations of the Paterson family contributed to the Paterson Photography Collection, a 60,000 strong collection of photographs, slides and negatives. Along with photographs, objects tell the story of the River Clyde through the life and times of Paterson family.


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