Nautical Museum

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For more than 200 years the Nautical Museum in Castletown was home to the Peggy, the earliest example of a British schooner, and the only surviving shallop of her kind. The Peggy was built by the inventive Captain George Quayle, who in his time was a businessman, banker, soldier and alleged smuggler. 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 off-site building for a long-term programme of stabilisation, conservation and study. She will be returning to the Nautical Museum in the near future.

See the ‘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.

- The story of why the Peggy remained undisturbed for over 100 years.
- The fascinating stories of the life of Captain George Quayle and his family.
- Quayle’s inventions.
- Children’s area discovering more about the Georgian era and George Quayle’s many guises!
- Sailmaker’s Loft and the tools of the trade Cabin Room built in the form of a naval warship of Nelson’s day.
- Secret trap doors, hidey-holes, panels, and architectural jokes.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Ship or maritime heritage site

See also

Opening hours

Daily 25 Mar to 1 Nov 2016 10am – 4pm.

Closed throughout the winter months.

Admission charges

Adults £5
Children £2.50

-Free admission to members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage.
-Holiday Passes for multi-site admission
-Group discounts available to pre-booked group visitors of 15 or more paying visitors.
-Free entry available to Isle of Man School children with a valid ACE card sponored by Lloyds Bank.
-Season Passes for Isle of Man residents.
-Go Heritage Explore Card available for multi-site admission and transport links.


  • National Trust
  • Historic Scotland
  • English Heritage
  • Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments

Collection details

Maritime, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War

Nautical Museum
Parliament Square
Isle of Man




01624 648000


01624 648001

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