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.
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
The Maritime Museum will re-open on Monday, Aril 1st. Opening times until October 31st are every day between 10.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm -4.30pm. We are looking forward to your visit.
Do you live in the in, or near Salcombe and have an interest in the history of the area and can you spare a few hours of your time each month? If your answer is ‘yes’ then how about joining our friendly team of volunteers?
There a number of ways in which you could help. Most of our volunteers serve as stewards and supervise the museum during opening hours but we are also looking for volunteers to help with one or more tasks such as looking after exhibits, archive work, computerising our catalogue of artefacts, scanning photos, graphic design work or helping with publicity and fundraising.
There’s more information about volunteering on the ‘Support Us’ page. If you are interested in joining us please contact Roger Barrett (01548 854108) or Sue Dobson (01548 842784).