Our visit was solely due to seeing this museum rated very highly on TA and we were not disappointed. As previous reviewers have often noted, it isn't solely for 'boat' type people or for ex-service personnel. The Cutter has so diverse and long a history that everyone, even ex-pat Brits like us, will feel some connection to the ship. Atlantic convoy protection during World War II is only a small part of its history but a huge lifeline to Britain at that time.
We were amazed at how complete and functional the ship is still and enjoyed talking with one of the volunteers working in the radio room on maintenance. It really is not a rusting hulk stripped of its contents! Nothing is missing and you really feel the volunteer's jesting about being ready for action if needed in the future really is a viable option.
It costs a huge amount per year just to sit there with lights and fans working so needs more visitors and donations to ensure its continued service as a museum and reminder of USCG valor.
Just a word of advice - we found it easier and safer to climb down the stairs backwards as they are so steep and cope with longer feet that way around!
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