The ship models are ‘Batten down’.
Dundee, Caledon and the Gourlay,
constructed the Tay’s floating crown.
The skilled and well-trained creators.
Drillers, engineers, and foundry workers,
hold memories of boilermakers.
The sailors in search for the whale.
Fisherman, sea captains, and the crew,
so many whalers were built to sail.
The Privateer will prey to pursue.
Fore, Main Mizzen and the Spanker,
even a Bumboat is here to view.
The industrial world of pride and concern.
Shipbuilders, shipmasters, and the owners,
inspecting their keels from bow to stern. 
The Beam end boats for your observation.
Skysail, Mainsail and the Topgallant,
a legacy of Dundee’s shipping nation.
By Lise Olsen
The ship models have arrived at their final destination and can be viewed in the new permanent exhibition at the McManus Galleries.
When I visited the exhibition, the display transported my mind to a magnificent vision of a fleet of ships, floating upon the Tay Estuary. The detail in each model shows off, the skill and craftsmanship needed to create such detailed objects. In Dundee, shipbuilding needed many Maritime related trades and different skills to build an actual ship, here is a list of just a few. 
Rope and Sail Makers
Carvers and Gilders
Tin Plate Workers
Listen to a story about a Caledon apprentice engineer by clicking the link below.
To find out more about Dundee’s shipping history and the Ship Models exhibition, visit the McManus Galleries, early May 2017. (Free admission)
Please note: Audio file is on loan from the Cultural Services Oral History.
 ‘Batten down’ means make secure “Archibald, M (1999). Sixpence for the Wind. Caithness: Whittles Publishing. P138-140
 ‘Privateer is a Private vessel licensed to attack ships of opposing nation” Archibald, M (1999). Sixpence for the Wind. Caithness: Whittles Publishing. P138-140
 “Bumboat carried waste from ships and brought back provisions” ibid
 “The Stern is the Backbone of a ship” ibid
 “Mainsail is the largest sail” ibid
 Robertson, H. (2009). DUNDEE SHIPBUILDERS. Available: http://ninetradesofdundee.co.uk/download/mariners_&_seamen/historic_extracts/2009%20Dundee%20Shipbuilders.pdf. Last accessed 6th May 2017.