Wooden shipbuilding in Scotland has a tradition dating back to the
1600s, with shipyards in the Moray firth, Dundee, Leith, Aberdeen
and Greenock, Kingston and Garmouth (Speyside), and smaller yards
in various places across the country. However it was the impact of
steamships on the River Clyde that made Scotland a shipbuilding
powerhouse. Henry Bell's Comet became Europe's first commercial
seagoing steamship in 1812, and laid the foundations for steam
navigation and shipbuilding on the Clyde.