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2012 Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette

Day 2 - July 11th - Glasgow

Our first stop in Glasgow was the new Riverside Museum, which opened last year.

The museum houses the collection of the Museum of Transport, displaying all kinds of ground transportation in a spectacular modern building. Where else can you find a locomotive peeping out of a balcony?   

The Austin Mini certain was mini - especially compared to six-foot-three Duncan.

The museum specializes in vehicles made in Scotland, which might surprise visitors who didn't know about Scotland's history of car manufacture. Here, a 1928 Albion fire engine. 

A favorite part of the museum is the recreated Glasgow street of 1895-1930, complete with shops and vehicles. 

What museum could be complete without a gift shop?

The museum restaurant overlooks the River Clyde and the tall ship Glenlee

Justyn and Aidan get their first taste of Scotland's other National Drink - Irn Bru.

After the Riverside, we crossed the quay to tour the Glenlee.

The poop deck featured a manually powered foghorn - a chance to work off some energy and make a very loud annoying noise - what could be better?

Alex and Evan, our Sea Scouts, visit the captain's cabin.

Huge diesel engines fill the Engine Room. Push the button to hear them run...

A manually-powered elevator let the Scouts send bags of grain up a deck, and then send them back down the slide to go up the elevator again. 

Every Sea Scout should know how to swab a deck.

From Riverside, it's a short walk to the Kelvingrove Museum, whose collections cover an incredibly wide range of topics from natural history to art. This hall shows the similarities between natural and man-made objects, so of course there's a Spitfire hanging among the birds. 

One hall is filled with hanging heads. The work is entitled "Expressions". 

Glasgow has one of the oldest subway systems in Europe, a circular route with trains running clockwise and anti-clockwise. Originally it was a cable-drawn system like San Francisco's cable cars. We rode the subway to the other side of Glasgow, then walked to St. Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art, next to the Cathedral. 

"A Curious Exhibition" at St. Mungo's displays an odd assortment of objects from the collections of many different Glasgow museums, with explanations of why the objects were important to the Glaswegians who selected them. 

St. Mungo's regular collection contains many artifacts related to religion and religious life. 

After St. Mungo's we took a walk through the Glasgow Necropolis, a huge cemetery full of Victorian sculptures, mausoleums and monuments. 
Here, Justyn gives the Scouts an introduction to the Necropolis. Each of the Scouts was assigned (or volunteered) to become an "Instant Expert" for one of the attractions we'd be seeing. The Experts researched their areas at home, and gave brief talks to the rest of the group when we arrived at their chosen subject. 

Walking down Buchanan Street, the pedestrianized main shopping street in Glasgow. 

Obviously, Aidan is a Doctor Who fan...

Pete took the group into what appeared on the outside to be a nondescript row house - we rode an escalator located behind the front door, and when we reached the top, it opened up into a huge indoor mall. 

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