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Porthmadog Maritime Museum, Porthmadog

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The Holyhead Maritime Museum is a maritime museum located in Holyhead, North Wales.Housed in what is claimed to be the oldest Lifeboat station in Wales (built c. 1858), it houses a number of collections.HistoryThe lifeboat station opened in 1858 and the first lifeboat was unnamed, launching 18 times, saving 128 persons. Replaced by the Prince of Wales, she launched 38 times and rescued 128 persons. In 1875, Member of Parliament Joshua Fielden and his brothers donated the Thomas Fielden, named after their father, which necessitated extending the house. In 1890, a second large boat was obtained, for which the house was extended to enable beach based landing from a horse-drawn carriage.After local maritime exhibitions were held in 1982 and 1983 elsewhere, a trustees group was formed on 24 September 1984. The trustees obtained a nine-year lease on the redundant St Elbods church from the Church in Wales, with the museum opened officially by the Duke of Westminster in March 1986.On expiration of the lease, and after failing to agree a lease within a new development, Stena Line offered the museum a peppercorn rent on the renovated Lifeboat house at Newry Beach. Deciding to improve the building through the construction of new visitor facilities, after a successful bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a renegotiation of the lease to 99 years, the museum reopened on its current site in 1998.
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  • The Porthmadog Maritime Museum is not far from the Ffestiniog Railway and tucked away behind Edinburgh Wool. The museum is packed with information, photographs, displays and artefacts. The volunteers ...  more »
  • This is a small museum close to Harbour station. It tells the story of ship building in Porthmadog through photographs models and artefacts. I found it fascinating as I knew nothing about the subject....  more »
  • Situated in an old slate shed on the quayside, this museum provides a lot of interesting information on the development of the town and its maritime history.  more »
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  • Excellent museum - open Easter to Autumn Half Term