About us

The WWMHS is a voluntary society where dedicated volunteers preserve our maritime heritage for future generations to enjoy.

We are based in Hancock's Yard at Pembroke Dock, which dates back to 1804, comprising several buildings and workshops with an impressive dock and slipway, all set in a picturesque riverside setting. The Hancock family ran a boat-building business here from 1921 to 1979 building many commercial craft but they sadly went bust! The county council now own the site and we have a long term lease.

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The society was founded in 1984 by a group of enthusiasts, with the following aims:

  • To conduct and encourage research into the maritime history of the region.
  • To encourage the preservation of craft, buildings and sites of historical or local interest.
  • To seek to preserve artefacts and records associated with this history.
  • To retain and encourage the skills associated with all aspects of building, repairing, handling and the use of craft.
  • To set up a Centre or Centres where these craft, items and skills can be preserved and shown to best advantage.
  • To encourage members of the public to take an interest in and develop or acquire the skills mentioned.
  • To operate such a Centre or Centres as a viable economic enterprise.
  • To increase public interest and support for maritime heritage by giving members educational and training experience afloat in heritage vessels.

Based on that inspirational start, we can now boast a thriving enthusiastic membership, a comprehensive museum of artefacts, a library bulging at its book-ends, and a wide range of heritage boats - some sadly dilapidated but others restored and sailed regularly.

West Wales Maritime Heritage Society operates as a Limited Company; it is registered as a charity, and runs an accredited museum.

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