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“Worth a brief visit”
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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.
Bury, United Kingdom
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299 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Worth a brief visit”
Reviewed 15 July 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
Thank David H
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Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Nautical museum”
Reviewed 2 July 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
Thank Phil R
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Small but very interesting”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Excellent staff and guidance notes around the museum, interesting exhibits, but the centre of attention is the "Peggy", armed yacht from the late 18th century.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank ImperialCrimson
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Quayle's quirk”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

On first entering the Nautical Museum in Castletown, you may be forgiven for thinking the theme is the Manx fishing and seafaring traditions. Important though that was, the most fascinating story is that relating to George Quayle.
To prove that history is alive, the museum's centrepiece will soon be removed for essential preservation work.
Don't let this put you off visiting the museum, as the story of George and his boat is truly remarkable - especially if you hear it related by Billy the guide.

Visited June 2014
Thank Richard F
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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Unexpected find”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

Amazing to find a 225 year old boat here in the basement boathouse looking as good as new having been here since approx 1830's when she was stored here.She bears the name of her owner Captain George Quale a militia man who operated her under the name of Peggy as a militia boat armed with eight by small canon around 18" in length. The pleasant museum curator who showed us round had a great deal of information about this George Quale who was a Naval architect amongst other things .His stateroom in the building now housing the museum is rather unexpected being developed to resemble the inside of a Man O 'War of his day and there are all sorts of other surprises about this room which I shall not divulge in case it spoils it for anyone planning to visit. However you will not for much longer be able to see the 225 year old boat here as plans are afoot to remove her later this year to where she can be properly preserved. The boathouse is undergoing considerable modification to allow her to get outside and be craned out not to mention the support etc necessary to protect the boat itself.The lift out would be quite something to witness with a huge crane I gather.

Visited May 2014
Thank Liz L
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