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“'All Manx Heritage has to be preserved for all time without exception.'”
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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.
Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

The Nautical Museum may be small but it is absolutely brilliant and a credit to all those that created this bit of Manx Nautical History, which involved restoring most of the exhibits and putting on show the 'Peggy', for the benefit and information of others.
When you have as much passion as I have for the island, it is so important that the history of the Manx people and the way they lived is never forgotten.
Make a point of visiting this Museum, you will not be disappointed. If you, your friends or family have time, try and fit in a visit also to Castle Rushen. Fascinating.

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Reviewed 10 April 2014

A great little museum with some interesting artefacts and a very well informed and interesting guide. The boat downstairs was especially impressive and we were glad to see it before it needed to be moved.

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

We had a very helpful and informative guide who showed us over and told us a lot about the history and the wreck. Absolutely loved it and would love to visit it again next time we are on the gorgeous Isle of Man.

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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Housed in a seventeenth century building, this small museum is both interesting and informative. The museum is reputedly haunted, with footsteps being heard on the upper floor when the place is empty, and the lady taking our money told of other tales of unexpected, spooky happenings. The sailmaker's workshop is very well done, and the explanation as to how the boat 'Peggy' which was discovered in the 1930's in a previously undiscovered cellar is amazing. This boat which can be viewed, is about to be renovated and possibly be exhibited in a location near the museum, as it is viewed as a very valuable and unique possession of the town. The story of Captain Quale, a local boatbuilder and possible smuggler is well worth reading. Previous reviews have mentioned the explosion of 40 tons of gunpowder. Reputedly, the bang was heard in Liverpool !! I recommend that you spend an hour to visit this interesting attraction/

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

a lovely little museum well set out, and with an excellent informative guy on the entrance desk. Like a previous reviewer said, fancy seeing the hold of a shipwreck filled with gunpowder smoking and trying to put a bit of water in to extinguish it - surely row like hell would be a better bet !! and such tragic consequences. Having visited all the museums on the island over the last week, its been interesting seeing certain local names cropping up again and again.

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