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Nautical Museum

Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
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 was found in 1935 concealed in a contemporary boat... more » 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. « less
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Bury, United Kingdom
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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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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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Chesterfield
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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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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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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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Situated near the centre of Castletown, within a Georgian building is this small museum. The star of the 'show' is the 18th century armed yacht, The Peggy, which was only discovered in a cellar in 1935. Apart from The Peggy there is also much to see including a replica stern cabin, various memorabilia, a net making machine, ship models etc.... More

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York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Small but perfectly formed. Some very interesting exhibits and maritime memorabilia culled from across the island. James, the Manx National Heritage chap in charge, was a mine of nautical (and other) information, and really made my visit. Such a shame Castletown is no longer a working harbour.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

What a lovely, informative museum! Visited on our last day on the IOM, so glad we did! The guide was so knowledeable and interested in the history of the Peggy. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The Nautical Museum may be small but it is absolutely brilliant and a credit to all those that created this bit of Manx Nautical History, which involved restoring most of the exhibits and putting on show the 'Peggy', for the benefit and information of others. When you have as much passion as I have for the island, it is so... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

A great little museum with some interesting artefacts and a very well informed and interesting guide. The boat downstairs was especially impressive and we were glad to see it before it needed to be moved.

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