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Model of Steam Tug Joffre added to our collection

A magnificent new 1:48 scale model of the steam tug Joffre which went ashore in thick fog near Bolberry Down on 27 May 1925 has been added to our display in the Wreck Room  The model has been donated by its maker, Tom Phillips.

1300+ photos added to museum website

Over 1300 old photos of Salcombe and neighbourhood from the museum’s collection have been added to the ‘Image Gallery’ page of the website.  Seventeen photo albums are listed under the headings Shipwrecks, Boats, Lifeboats, Second World War, People and Places. Click on the album title to view the photos in Google Photos. Comments and ‘likes’ can be added and we would welcome your help in identifying and adding info. about the content of the photos.

Maritime Museum to remain closed in 2020

Unfortunately, because of the confined nature of the museum and the fact that most of our stewards are over 70, we are not planning to re-open until April 2021. 

In the meantime you can find lots of information about Salcombe’s history on the Image Gallery and Maritime History Resource pages of this website 

Museum Curator Roger Barrett scoops top book award

At the Annual General Meeting of the Devon History Society last Saturday (12th October 2019) Roger Barrett, the curator of Salcombe Maritime Museum, received the Society’s prestigious W.G. Hoskins Prize

The W.G. Hoskins Prize is awarded in memory of the historian Professor William George Hoskins (1908-1992) who played a leading role in establishing the previously marginalised discipline of local history as an academic subject

The prize was awarded to Roger for his book Salcombe: Schooner Port: A Maritime History of Salcombe and its Merchant Sailing Vessels in the Nineteenth Century. (Published 23 March 2018)

‘Roger’s book is the first comprehensive account of Salcombe’s heyday as a shipbuilding and ship owning port, famed for its clipper fruit schooners. Beautifully illustrated, it tells the story of the Haven’s maritime community in the nineteenth century and describes the ships, their trades and the men and women who built, owned and sailed them. Many of the illustrations are in the Salcombe Maritime Museum collection.’

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