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Home of the world’s oldest yacht, the “Peggy” and her eccentric owner, the late Captain George Quayle. Quayle was a politician, a banker, a soldier and allegedly a smuggler!
29 March to 2 November
10am to 4pm
Postcode: IM9 1AX
The Nautical Museum in Castletown is home to the impressive ship – 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 ship 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!
Please note work is currently taking place at the Nautical Museum to conserve the Peggy, which will be removed from the boathouse in Autumn 2014, for the first time in two hundred years, for stabilisation, study, and conservation. Our intention is for the museum to remain open during the Peggy’s Conservation, with guided tours in place. Work already completed includes the archaeological excavation of George Quayle’s 18th century dock. Watch our time lapse video to see how the the dock is uncovered.