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As part of Salcombe RNLI’s 150th anniversary celebrations, two commemorative sculptures by local sculptor Jim Martins, are to be unveiled in Salcombe and Kingsbridge on September 21st. The Cookworthy Museum at Kingsbridge and the Maritime Museum at Salcombe are both taking part in the project and are planning to insert Time Capsule boxes in the plinths of the sculptures. The sealed boxes will be about the size of a small/thin suitcase, and local people are invited to help fill them by donating items of memorabilia that tell the story of their town and/or their families, both now and in the past. Family photographs, family trees and documents, particularly from those with connections to the lifeboat and rescue services, as well as local trades, will be very welcome.

Drop-in sessions, at which items can be donated, will take place in Salcombe Library on Thursday, August 22nd between 1.15pm and 5.30pm and at Kingsbridge Library on Saturday, August 24th between 9.30am and 1pm. (Please contact the museums if you can’t make these times - Cookworthy on 01548 853235 and Salcombe MM on 854108). Donor contact details and captions to photographs should be included and items should not be any larger than 5cm high or 35cm long. The boxes will be formally sealed at the Kingsbridge Show on September 7th.


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Salcombe: Schooner Port by Roger Barrett  222 pages, 256 illustrations. Price £19.99 + £3.20 p&p. 

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In this, the first comprehensive account of Salcombe’s heyday as a shipbuilding and shipowning port, famed for its clipper fruit schooners, Roger Barrett, the Curator of Salcombe Maritime Museum, tells the story of the Haven’s maritime community and describes the ships, their trades and the men who built, owned and sailed them.

76 objects donated to our collection by the National Trust

The Kingsbridge-built brigantine Restless. Painting by Rueben Chappell

76 objects of local historic interest, including the Restless painting above, have been kindly donated to us by the National Trust at Overbecks. They were previously on display in the Maritime Room at Overbecks but were transferred to us during the winter months to allow the Maritime Room to be transformed into a splendid Edwardian Drawing Room. Amongst the new objects now on display in the Maritime Museum are ship paintings and models, the captain’s chair from the wreck of the Louis Sheid in 1939, items from the Herzogin Cecilie wreck in 1936, a set of whaling harpoons and many personal items which once belonged to Salcombe sea captains. 

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