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“Interesting little museum”

Prime Berth Fishing Museum
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Twillingate
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Owner description: Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre is a private interpretive fishing center and craft studio created by David Boyd as a tribute to his fisher forefathers.In honour of this tradition, and as a tribute to proud people so dear to his heart, David decided to call his heritage centre - "Prime Berth"- meaning literally -"the best spot!"
Moncton, Canada
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Interesting little museum”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Readily obvious as you approach Twillingate. This interesting little museum displaying the Newfoundland fishing heritage. The whale skeleton exhibit is an different, hands on experience that kids would particularly enjoy.

Visited July 2013
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David B, Owner at Prime Berth Fishing Museum, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Thank you, Gary, for taking the time to write a review of Prime Berth, Twillingate.
As for the whale skeleton, allow me to say that this is the only SEI whale skeleton in Canada, and certainly the only one fully completed, from, first finding the dead whale on a beach, to assembling the bones three years later, by a single person. I towed the whale with my fishing vessel over 25 miles from the location where it unfortunately beached itself ( Fortune Hr. ) to a deserted island not far from Prime Berth, and after a couple of years and a lot of help from the seagulls and crows, I cleaned every bone and reconstructed the skeleton. A long, messy and arduous task, which I take much pride in having accomplished. Again thanks, for your kind words.
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Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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“A Highlight of our Fabulous vacation in Newfoundland.”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

My husband and I just spent 17 wonderful days in Newfoundland. We had so many great experiences but a highlight had to be our day at Prime Berth Fishing Museum. The owner Dave was so much fun in his understated way and we had a fabulous time out in his boat with him. His knowledge and love of the area was very evident and we even got to "kiss the cod" that we caught ourselves to become official Newfoundlanders. We are very proud of that! The museum of artifacts and tools from the fishery and the area is great. We could have spent hours there. We both highly recommend you spend a day with Dave. You won't regret it and you will learn a great deal from a real Newfoundland fisherman.

Visited September 2013
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David B, Owner at Prime Berth Fishing Museum, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. It is gratifying to know that your experiences at Prime Berth plus your combination sightseeing/ fishing tour with me proved to be an highlight of your trip to Newfoundland in 2013. Certainly that is what we strive for. Again, many thanks for being so generous with your kind words. - Dave
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Calgary
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“Best fishing review on our trip”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

There is a lot here in exhibits and videos. We learned a lot here and it was a very enjoyable visit.

Visited September 2013
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David B, Owner at Prime Berth Fishing Museum, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thanks for the five stars! Over the past 19 years we have worked very hard to make Prime Berth a " must see" destination on Twillingate islands and it is appreciative words like yours that make all that labour worthwhile. Next time you visit, take in one of my boat tours- whether to view ice-bergs, whales, or to fish for lobster and cod. Guaranteed a good experience. Again , thank-you.
- Capt. Dave
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Michigan
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“Unusual local museum”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

This is a rustic, but fascinating little "museum." All collected by one man and his friends. A unique place to wander thru with lots of unusual old/antique items from the area all related to maritime life and fishing. Definitely unusual, and definitely worth seeing.

Visited September 2013
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David B, Manager at Prime Berth Fishing Museum, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thanks for the review. Being an " unusual" museum is what we strive for. Actually many people describe their visit to Prime Berth as an " experience!"

We hope you watched the music video of towing my "Father's Fishing Stage ", as well as other videos playing and the live underwater camera showing the different fish 100 feet out from our dock- 24 hours a day. I am not sure if you took the guided tour or the self- tour, but very happy that you enjoyed your visit to Prime Berth.
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Victoria BC
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“Looks odd from the road”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Well worth stopping here for very detailed information on fishing life in the outports. Lots of great information and interesting artifacts. We were not attracted by the exterior but after several recommendations we stopped and found it well worth the small admission fee.

Visited August 2013
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David B, Owner at Prime Berth Fishing Museum, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Many thanks for your kind words and very glad you took the recommendations of previous visitors to check out our facility. However,not sure what you mean by " Looks odd from the Road!" First time we have heard that comment in 19 years of operation!
We have the only 52 foot Sei whale skeleton in Canada on display. Two 100 year old fishing stages, a hundred year old fish store and netloft, gallery of historic photos, combination fishing , iceberg and whale boat tours, live underwater camera, video of towing buildings, museum full of artefacts of the Newfoundland fishery and a very well stocked gift shop with many locally made crafts. For a selection of photos, prospective visitors can go to www.primeberth.com
Again, very glad you stopped!

-Capt. Dave
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