West Wales Maritime Heritage society

We welcome you to Hancock's Boatyard at Pembroke Dock, West Wales, where dedicated volunteers preserve our maritime heritage for future generations to enjoy.

We invite you to visit us to see our classic boats being carefully restored and sailed, a museum rich with maritime artifacts & interactive displays, and a comprehensive library.

By the way, entry & guided tours & parking are all FREE!

Pembroke River Rally
17th August
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40th Anniversary Open Day

13th July
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Here's what our visitors have said about us...

"...really interesting working museum run by very enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers...  we were there a good 2 hours... remote control boats for children to enjoy... no entry fee, but donations are welcome and we definitely wanted to donate... Pembroke Dock’s boat building history would be in danger of disappearing without the tenacity of the volunteers..."

"...not just a Museum but active restoration workshop..."

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A taste of the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society...

  • Welcome...
  • Our dock
  • A taste of the museum
  • Restorations in progress
  • 'General Picton' afloat
  • The repair shop!
  • 'General Picton' renovations
  • 'Tern' getting spruced up
  • 'Charterhouse' Lifeboat

Delve into our fascinating Museum & Library:

Our museum is bursting at the gunwales with maritime artefacts:
  • see how villages relied on small boats
  • see how coal & fishing industries used boats
  • see tools, engines & of course... boats
  • and there are puzzles & activities for kiddies
Our library has over 3,000 books, covering everything from boat design & construction, history and biographies, through to 50 year old hand-written ledgers of Hancock's boatyard operations.

Learn about our varied Boats, such as:

  • Heritage, our flagship replica Tenby Lugger
  • Charterhouse, an original 1908 lifeboat
  • Agnes 2, a replica fishing boat with oars & lugsail
  • Dryfly, a 100 year old restored ferryboat that served Thorne Island
  • General Picton, a restored Trinity House lifeboat

Why not get involved?

We have members who are craftsmen, DIYers, curators, librarians, tour guides, modelmakers, administrators, treasurers.....
The only essential skill required is enthusiasm!

You can become a member with its many advantages,
or simply make a donation to support our cause.

Contact us


Hancock's Yard

Front Street

Pembroke Dock

SA72 6JY

United Kingdom