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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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  • We were staying in Porthmadog and had been on the Steam Train. We saw the Porthmadog Maritime Museum was open, so we thought we would have a look around. It really was Interesting seeing how Porthmado...  more »
  • If you visit Porthmadog I suggest you take time to look in on this nice little place.£2 each to get in but that is more than fair as we were given a booklet which is a good read later .The gentleman a...  more »
  • A nice visit to this museum. The man at the desk was informative and friendly. It's quite a small place but worth the money spent. Many different boards to read and artifacts to look at.  more »
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  • Excellent museum - open Easter to Autumn Half Term