The world's first iron-hulled boat

The full scale replica of the Vulcan, the world’s first iron-hulled boat, arrived at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge on Thursday March 27 2014, and soon captured the imaginations of visitors as a major heritage attraction. Named for the Roman god of forge and fire, the design of the 63-foot-long vessel was considered revolutionary when it was launched on the Monkland Canal in 1819, inspiring the development of iron riveted ships and transforming Scotland’s shipbuilding industry.