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Nautical Museum

Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
+44 1624 648017
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Not really worth the entrance fee

Not been here before - because it's down a side street I guess it was just never on my radar and to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Roll_and_stroll
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Not big but interesting

If you have a nautical bent then this place will appeal to you. I found the most interesting room... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
Restless59
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Bournemouth, 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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not been here before - because it's down a side street I guess it was just never on my radar and to be honest, I can't say that I've been missing much all these years. It's on the list of Manx Heritage sites and the...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

If you have a nautical bent then this place will appeal to you. I found the most interesting room was the cellar where Peggy was built & recently after some new excavation found what looks like her ‘dry dock’ where built:

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Reviewed June 28, 2018

this small museum is worth a visit,,it tells the tale of the peggy a small boat with a retractible keel and canons of when it used to sail into the lake district marauding, the dock is now blocked from the harbour but the peggy and...More

Thank Stanley C
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

The armed yacht "Peggy" was discovered holed up here & this gives the building its fame. The yacht has now been removed for restoration but the museum is still very interesting & tells the story of the Quayle's who lived here & their exploits. It...More

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Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

We visited here and am pleased we did. It is only a small museum but is an interesting place. A man called Billy works there and gave us an interesting talk about the fishing boat called Peggy and the man George Quayle and his family...More

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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Came to visit and have a relaxed look around. Only to be asked, abruptly, if we were all together, then told we needed to get out of the way due to a coach load arriving. Keep in mind this is a chargeable museum, when 6...More

Thank VegiPerspective
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Reviewed May 11, 2018

This is quite a small museum but very intriguing and provides a great insight into the maritime history and smuggling. If you are lucky you will be shown round by Billy, who is clearly passionate about the history and very engaging.

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Reviewed April 24, 2018

The museum is only small but Billy's tales of the history of George Quayle's Boathouse and the boat Peggy was absolutely fascinating. Though the boat is no longer there as it is being restored you can visual what occurred in those times.

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Reviewed April 13, 2018

I really wish we had had a longer time to spend here it was so interesting and our guide Billy was so enthusiastic and happy to share his passion for the museum and its contents with us.Not to be missed.

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Reviewed April 7, 2018

We only had a brief time to visit but because National Trust and English Heritage membership gets you in free, we had a quick visit. Lots of original artefacts and set in a historic boathouse. At present one of the main exhibits is away for...More

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Response from B F | Reviewed this property |
As I was with a group where we’d paid in advance for everything we did on the island, and I belong to English Heritage anyway, I’m really not sure about this venue, but I think I gave a donation towards the showing of Betty... More
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