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“quirky and quaint”
Review of Nautical Museum

Nautical Museum
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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. 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.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“quirky and quaint”
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!

Visited August 2014
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A Nautical Experience”
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 for an ill colleague and arranged for us to visit the House of Keys.

Visited August 2014
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Prudhoe, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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“Peggy is moving!!”
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 was dug out over the spring and summer ...the pictures shows the space it came from!!

Visited August 2014
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Bury, United Kingdom
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297 reviews
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“Worth a brief visit”
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 your membership card!

Visited July 2014
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Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, United Kingdom
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“Nautical museum”
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.

Visited June 2014
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