The River Clyde has been a centre for the craft of shipbuilding for hundreds of years. But it was only in the 19th century with the advent of the steam engine and the advances in metallurgy which made steel shipbuilding possible, that the great shipyards began to grow up along its banks.
It was then that the River Clyde became not only a centre for shipbuilding, but also a centre for engineering excellence, with small firms of steelworkers, wire rope manufacturers, rivet makers and other specialists growing up alongside the vast shipyards. it was here that highly-skilled craftsmen built some of the world’s most illustrious ships: ships like the Cutty Sark, the Lusitania, HMS Hood, the Queen Mary and the QE2.
But what was to become more famous than any of the individual ships constructed on the Clyde was the manner in which they were built: for soon the phrase ‘Clydebuilt’ came to mean not just that these ships had been built on the Clyde, but, more importantly, that they had been precision engineered, built with craft, with skill, and with great pride.
It is this spirit that is to be found in every bottle of Clydebuilt whisky. For what is well built is Clydebuilt. and Clydebuilt is built with pride.