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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!
Open daily 23 May 2015* to 1 Nov 2015 10am to 4pm
*Subject to completion of conservation works.
Postcode: IM9 1AX
For more than 200 years the Nautical Museum in Castletown has been home to the Peggy, the earliest example of a British yacht, and the only surviving shallop of her kind. The Peggy was built by the elusive Captain George Quayle, who in his time was a businessman, banker, soldier and alleged smuggler. He was also a man obsessed with invention and technology.
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 is now housed in a specialist building for a long-term programme of stabilisation, conservation and study.
See the new ‘Quayle Gallery’ telling more of the personal story of George Quayle and his family as well as the Peggy, showcasing previously unseen objects uncovered in recent archaeological excavations. Exhibits include a leather pistol holster, a flintlock pistol mechanism, some coconut shell drinking cups and what is believed to be an eighteenth century microscope.
Watch our time lapse video to see excavations to reveal the 18th century dock.