‘Portway’, Victoria Harbour

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Breaking with the tradition of most families in the area, James Watt did not follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather into the shipyards, instead he enrolled to study at Glasgow School of Art. Inspired by the industrial scenes of his hometown, he spent most of his time capturing the many ships, tugs, puffers, steamers, coal chutes, dry docks and cranes that filled East India harbour and Victoria harbour right next door. ‘Portway’ in the foreground was built as a sand dredger in 1926 in Bristol.

Scottish Maritime Museum



‘Portway’, Victoria Harbour




oil on canvas


H 51 x W 127 cm

Accession number

2017-031 (003)

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, 2016

Work type



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