- Clyde Navigation Trust (2)

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The main entrance is flanked by two ships` prows, complete with anchors, and above them are four columns which support a pediment. Within this is Poseidon (the Greek god of the sea) being paid homage, while on top he is shown with seahorses. To the left of the pediment is a statue of Thomas Telford (with dividers), and to the right are James Watt (with a steam condenser) and Henry Bell (with a model of his Comet steamboat). Above these statues are plaques and sets of `grown-up` cherubs holding various objects. Two of the plaques feature the city`s coat of arms, while the plaque above Bell has the Trust`s symbol (a lighthouse) representing Glasgow`s connections with the sea.

The main feature of the cornerpiece is the dome which rises above six fluted columns; grotesque faces decorate the base of the dome. There are two superb sculptures at roof level: on the left is Europa (the daughter of the king of Tyre) leading a bull (in reality, Zeus, chief of the gods, in disguise) and on the right is Amphitrite (wife of Poseidon), with trident in hand, driving a pair of seahorses. Below Europa is St Mungo with the city`s coat of arms and a globe, which represents Glasgow`s world-wide shipping interests. A similar sculpture is below Amphitrite.

This article is based on the guidebook "The Glasgow Guide".

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The Clyde Navigation Trust Building has some of the city`s finest sculpture. This is Amphitrite and a pair of seahorses.

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