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Nautical Museum

Bridge Street, Castletown IM9 1AX
+44 1624 648017
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Uniques story and artifact

Buy a £20 Heritage pass and save yourself money. To see each heritage attraction on the Island... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
Kent, UK
Come back Peggy!

Loved this Museum in its unusual old boathouse setting with the excavated dock underneath. This had... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
Manchester, 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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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Buy a £20 Heritage pass and save yourself money. To see each heritage attraction on the Island is between £6 - £10. It takes between half an hour and two hours to see each attraction, you'll soon get to see them all. This has a...More

Thank GlyderFawr
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Loved this Museum in its unusual old boathouse setting with the excavated dock underneath. This had been the home of Peggy, George Quayle's unique 1789 private family yacht, later armed with canon!! Details of its find under layers of rubbish, and the finds in that...More

Thank B F
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Superb staff very helpful. Pegh isn't resident as off for refurbish ment but still worth the time to visit. 2 mins from Castle We had tourist pass which only costs 20 pounds for 2 weeks and many locations are included. Recommend ed

Thank malcolm f
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Located on the opposite side of the river from the town centre, this would be easy to miss if you do not know it is there. The museum is the former home of a merchant who kept a boat at the rear of the house,...More

Thank PeterLanky
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Visited the museum just after lunch on a Wednesday afternoon in September – once again we met Lindsey who gave us a detailed and information description of the life of George Quayle and his boat the Peggy, which was found intact by accident during renovation...More

Thank PeteD60
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Took our grandsons to the Nautical Museum. We all really enjoyed it. Really well set out and explained. Very unusual house with hidden boathouse. Highly recommend a visit.

Thank Liz J
Reviewed 3 August 2017

This is a very small museum. The gentleman at the front desk was very nice. The museum itself did not offer a lot of information. Mr Quayle worked hard building this which wad interesting. The best part of this museum was the view in the...More

Thank 1991KEB
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Quite interesting but it would have been better if the film you are directed to see at the end was shown at the start! We didn't really understand the history until then. Think they could possibly do a bit more with it, welcome was very...More

Thank PJ777
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Another very interesting slice of Manx history of which I wasn't aware. It isn't a big museum but is full of nautical history which is worth a visit

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This is well worth visiting if you are looking for local nautical history. It is mainly the story of one man and his love of invention. Walk around and then have a chat with the knowledgeable staff. We spent longer here than we anticipated.

Thank Steven R
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Response from PeterLanky | Reviewed this property |
In addition to the above, if you have a 5-day Go Explore Heritage Card, this also gives free admission. Well worth having if you intend to use public transport and visit a number of museums.