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Nautical Museum

Address: Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
Phone Number: 01624 648017
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Ranked #3 of 5 Attractions in Castletown
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Nautical Museum in Castletown is home to one of the world's oldest yachts – the Peggy – which...
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Type: Museums
Owner description: 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.
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Our second visit in 2 years. Both times the museum guides shared their time and wonderful knowledge of the photographs, items, The Peggy, Captain Quayle and the Manx people's history with sea. Thank you

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Chester, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Just like the island itself. Intriguing local exhibits with national significance and steeped in atmosphere. Great stories from a knowledgeable and helpful guy on the till. Getting ready for a winter makeover whilst the legendary Peggy is conserved. Free to English Heritage, CADW and National Trust members.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This feels like a family run museum. Quite small.but some great exhibits. You'll have to rush to see the Peggy - this old smugglers vessel, complete with miniature cannons is in situ in the boathouse where she was found, but is moving out to be refurbished. Don't miss the replica galley cabin!

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

An enjoyable short visit to a lovely nautical museum housed in a quirky 18th century house with hidey holes and a sitting room that was fitted out as a cabin on a ship. Lots of interesting information, the highlight was the 'Peggy' an armed yacht that was hidden for over a hundred years in the cellar. The guide was covering... More 

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

This is an interesting, albeit small, museum which is due for some significant changes over the winter of 2014. The curator obviously loves this place and his enthusiasm shone through!! Many interesting artefacts and much more will be displayed following the work over the winter-months. Enjoyable as it is and it will be even better in 2015!!! The boat Peggy... More 

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Bury, United Kingdom
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53 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Worth a visit, but not an awful lot to tell really. The main exhibit is the boat in the basement, with various other artefacts and documents scattered around the museum. £5 entry fee but if visiting other Manx historic sites it is better value to purchase a visitor ticket (£20), and National Trust members go free but remember to bring... More 

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A pleasant visit. Very homely. It had one of the oldest privately made boats in the world. This will soon be moved for restoration and then kept secure until a suitable venue is built. Next door I believe. The guide was very knowledgable and approachable. Difficult to find unless you ask.

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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Excellent staff and guidance notes around the museum, interesting exhibits, but the centre of attention is the "Peggy", armed yacht from the late 18th century.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

On first entering the Nautical Museum in Castletown, you may be forgiven for thinking the theme is the Manx fishing and seafaring traditions. Important though that was, the most fascinating story is that relating to George Quayle. To prove that history is alive, the museum's centrepiece will soon be removed for essential preservation work. Don't let this put you off... More 

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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
28 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Amazing to find a 225 year old boat here in the basement boathouse looking as good as new having been here since approx 1830's when she was stored here.She bears the name of her owner Captain George Quale a militia man who operated her under the name of Peggy as a militia boat armed with eight by small canon around... More 

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