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Nautical Museum

Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
+44 1624 648017
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Very interesting

This is a small museum, but packed with information and especially details of the 'Peggy' boat... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Thornaby on Tees, United Kingdom
Small but interesting

A museum mainly telling the story ot "The Peggy" an old boat that was walled into the basement and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Neil A
Thornaby on Tees, United Kingdom
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The Nautical Museum in Castletown is home to one of the world's oldest yachts - the Peggy - which was found in 1935 concealed in a contemporary boat cellar. The Peggy had lain undisturbed and undiscovered for 100 years after her owner, Captain George Quayle, died.Visit this impressive yacht in its original home where you'll find trap doors, secret panels and a replica stern cabin in the boathouse. In the loft, you'll find a reconstruction of a sail maker's workshop and a fishing gallery which includes models of boats, equipment and photographs depicting the importance of the fishing industry.You'll also hear about the exploits of Captain Quayle and his fascinating life as a politician, a banker, soldier and, it's alleged, a smuggler! Find out more about the Peggy on the National Historic Ships Register. Please note: Extensive archaeological investigations have been completed in the boatyard yielding new information on the Peggy story and revealing an 18th century private dock. The Peggy has temporarily been removed to a specialist building for a long-term programme of stabilisation, conservation and study. This is likely to take place over a 5 year period.
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Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
+44 1624 648017
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a small museum, but packed with information and especially details of the 'Peggy' boat - which is currently away for restoration.

Thank Subwebman
Reviewed 2 days ago

A museum mainly telling the story ot "The Peggy" an old boat that was walled into the basement and recently removed for restoration. It is 200 years old.

Thank Neil A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last summer (2016) was the first time we had visited the Nautical Museum since it had been revamped. The boat 'Peggy' had been removed for refurbish but the museum still offers plenty to see. Geoff, who works there gave myself and my family a guided...More

1  Thank likes-a-good-lunch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An interesting look at the local nautical history. Will be even better when they are able to return 'Peggy' to her true home.

Thank OldClanEllmes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small museum. We spent 20 minutes inside. The Yacht was interesting along with the room designed like a 19th century war ship. The hidden doors and cupboards perked our interest.

Thank DaveMcInally
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Well worth a visit to this fascinating, and well presented, review of sailing history in Castletown. The "discovery" of the Peggy sail boat is amazing.

Thank Peter G
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Well presented museum that tells the discovery and all that is known about Peggy a historically important sailing ship. We will have to return when Peggy is back from restoration This museum is free with a National Trust card

Thank Jrfamily15
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Having just visited Castle Rushen in Castletown and thoroughly enjoyed it the Nautical Museum was a big let down for me. It was really a homage to the family who were big wigs on the island and, in my opinion, should be described as such.

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 15 September 2016

this museum is quite small and quite uncrowded but worth the short walk from the castle. it will be better when the ship (the peggy) is finished and returns for display.amazing story.

Thank brent b
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Reasonable entrance fee and a good place to while away an hour or two. I found the whole story regarding Captain George Quayle of real interest. The fact that his boat, 'The Peggy', had laid undiscovered for over a hundred years was fascinating. There is...More

Thank xyzKerry
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