Nautical Museum

Nautical Museum, Castletown: Address, Phone Number, Nautical Museum Reviews: 4/5

Nautical Museum
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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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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK2,761 contributions
Good visit, shame Pegg isn't there
Nov 2019
The museum tells the life of George Quayle who was the original Elon Musk given the number of things he did, including building his yacht and a hidden dock for it. Interesting building and displays
Written November 8, 2019
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Gaz O
Rhyl, UK478 contributions
A fantastic tour
Nov 2019 • Family
We visited this place back in april when we visited the island then, but my daughter wasnt with us. This time with the family complete, Andrew welcomed us and let us have a look around to start with then gave us a tour into the Cabin room, showed us the secret passages and really did bring it to life.
The 1st time we went it was great, but with Andrew it was 100 times better, we must have been there 4 times as long as last time and were so impressed and learnt so much.
What a hidden gem this place is
Written November 1, 2019
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normanandmarilyn
Caldicot, UK148 contributions
History at its best
Oct 2019
This a must visit museum in Castletown which is primarily dedicated to the amazing Captain Quayle
His man cave at the back of the Boat house is absolutely incredible
He also used to travel across to Liverpool on a tiny sailing boat
A REAL Character
Written October 16, 2019
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Clivel_98
Hereford, UK1,474 contributions
Fascinating place - BT no Peggy
Sep 2019 • Couples
This small museum revolves around George Quayle and his family, as well as his boat, “Peggy”. At the moment, Peggy is undergoing conservation, so is not there. However, there is still plenty to see - and you do need the guided tour to hear about the hidden bits, such as the safe, where the illicit booze was hidden and how George could completely seal the room off by exiting through a secret place.

Well worth visiting.
Written September 16, 2019
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The_Magpie_on_Tour
Stafford, UK374 contributions
Small but interesting
Sep 2019
This museum largely focusses on George Quayle and his exploits. The 'Peggy', his boat is currently being worked on so is not there, but there are still some interesting exhibits and bits of information about history. Worth a visit if you are in Castletown and free to National Trust members.
Written September 9, 2019
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I&C
32 contributions
A fascinating insight to one man's ingenuity - and other hugely interesting things
Jul 2019
We went back to this museum 3 times to gain as much insight as possible and to read all that we could of the maritime history of the IoM, and the genius of the late Captain George Quayle, who once lived here.
The museum's curator and archivist, Andrew, was superbly knowledgeable and passionate about Capt Quayle, and the whole museum. Andrew gave us a fascinating guided tour of the Captain's rooms, and allowed us to achieve tiny glimpse of the man behind the history here, and his boat "The Peggy", currently being conserved.

Free entry to IoM Heritage members or UK Natinal Trust.
Very well worth a visit
Written August 30, 2019
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Steve M
London, UK476 contributions
No "Peggy" for years to come
Jul 2019 • Couples
The displays were very interesting, as was the unusual boathouse both inside and outside. But the centrepiece - the "Peggy" - is being restored. In conversation with the guide, he said that there was no date set for her return and it was all down to finance. (So maybe the message is to donate to the Manx National Heritage!)
Written July 30, 2019
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK3,768 contributions
Would love to come back when Peggy is preserved. Covered under Holiday Pass
Sep 2018 • Couples
We had seen a programme on this on the tv where they had discovered this boat that had been forgotten about in the basement of this old house. The boat is called peggy and when we went there in September 2018 was still trying to be preserved to stop the wood drying out etc and hopefully some day will be able to go back and actually see it in its rightful place at the museum.
It was still an interesting museum and hopefully enough money will come in to help fund the restoration of the boat and preserve it.
Written June 17, 2019
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Nathanael Y
Nottingham, UK299 contributions
To get the most out of visiting try and get shown around.
Apr 2019 • Couples
The best bit about this museum are the many secret panels and hiding places the previous owner installed (likely for smuggling). But you can only view these if a member of staff can show you around. So my advice is arrive early and make this the first thing you do in Castletown then go and do the house of keys and Castle Rushden. Aside form being shown around there are a nice selection of artifacts and the view outside is nice.
Written April 22, 2019
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Katherine H
Leeds, UK41 contributions
Lovely
Apr 2019 • Couples
A very interesting experience and Jonathan was a lovely host. Explaining about life s and times of quayle. Lots to see despite the Peggy being restored off site.
Written April 17, 2019
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