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The cover of a promotional booklet about the Jutlandia.

Barclay, Curle & Co built the Jutlandia for the East Asiatic Company, a Danish business with headquarters in Copenhagen. Two sister ships were built in Denmark at the same time. These three were the first large sea-going ships in the world to have diesel engines.

When the Jutlandia was launched in 1912 there was a great deal of interest in the new type of engine and there was a special cruise on the Firth of Clyde to permit shipbuilders, engineers and others to see the new engines in action. Diesel was cheaper than coal and, as it required less storage space, diesel-powered ships could carry more passengers or cargo.

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

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