The mission of the Tall Ship Glenlee Trust is to care for Glenlee and share the history of this unique Clyde-built 19th century sailing vessel for the benefit, enjoyment and learning of all.

The vision of the Tall Ship Glenlee Trust is that people in Glasgow and world-wide are inspired by the story of our iconic ship, Glenlee, through enjoyable, engaging, and informative experiences.


Our priority areas of work are:

  • Sustainable future funding – Securing a stable stream of unrestricted funds through donations and income generation, enabling us to pay for qualified, professional staff to deliver high-quality ship maintenance and public engagement.
  • Securing the fabric of the ship – The ship was purchased in 1992 and underwent an ambitious restoration. As the current custodians of the ship, we act to conserve the existing fabric of the ship, based on the National Historic Ships publication “Conserving Historic Vessels”. As the only Clydebuilt steel sailing ship still afloat in the UK, the vessel requires an ongoing programme of maintenance and conservation to safeguard its future.
  • Learning and enjoyment for diverse communities – We offer a wide range of ways in which people can engage with Glenlee. This includes interpretation, workshops and events, and opportunities for volunteering and skills training. It also includes visitors to the Glenlee for private hire events who may not have considered visiting otherwise and those people who view from a distance or via the now iconic presence in views of the modern River Clyde.
  • A happy and motivated team – We value all our staff, volunteers, supporters and board members for their different unique skills. We pay staff the Glasgow Living Wage as a minimum. Our team members work together in a mutually respectful manner towards the shared mission and vision and strive to ensure systems are in place to ensure our ethos of transparency and accountability.



The Tall Ship Glenlee is owned by The Tall Ship Glenlee Trust, a registered charity limited by guarantee.

Glenlee is managed and maintained by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Trust, the Clyde Maritime Centre, which is also responsible for the operations of Kelvin Harbour.



Kelvin Harbour

Kelvin Harbour is operated by the Clyde Maritime Centre on behalf of Glasgow City Council hosting the Paisley Sea Cadets and Glasgow Coastal Rowing Club. A RYA powerboat training centre Seaforce also operates from Kelvin Harbour, alongside Galgael traditional celtic crafts.

Kelvinhaugh or Ferry No. 8, has been restored and maintained by volunteers of the Trust.