The setting is ideal: where better than a historic shipyard on Pembroke Dock’s waterfront with its own slipway and dry dock?
On a visit to the Museum you can expect a tour of the museum building which houses smaller craft, a wealth of nautical miscellanea, navigational instruments from times gone-by, working models, tools, photographs and model boats/ships and much more.
in the 'Yard' your guide will show you the 2 main work-sheds, the
historic Fishguard lifeboat restoration, the forge and the boat port
where several other craft are stored. Children need supervision in
the workshops and the yard, one feature of the yard is a Victorian
So what might you do / or find out about in the Museum?
This working model of a workshop was made by Mike & Annette James & donated to the Museum. Come & see it in action. It's amazing!
The Station Pointer is a brass navigational instrument which allows a ship's position to be determined without the use of a magnetic compass, and allows compass errors to be calculated. This is very important near the North Pole where magnetic compasses are dangerously unreliable. A similar instrument was used onboard the Discovery during the British Antarctic Expedition of 1901-4.
We have many more instruments for you to discover.
This 'Double Reciprocating Compound Steam Engine' was manufactured by A.G. Mumford of Colchester in 1910, for the Admiralty.
Invented by James Watt in 1782, this type of steam engine made more efficient use of the steam by injecting it in two places instead of the more common one - hence the 'double'.
In a simple steam engine, expansion of the steam takes place in only one cylinder, whereas in the compound engine there are two or more cylinders of increasing size for greater expansion of the steam and higher efficiency.
Phone a friend?
Or try your hand at Morse Code
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You'll see a whole range of old craftsmen's tools.
On some days, you'll even see some old craftsmen in the boatyard!
See a varied array of models, including fishing vessels, steamships, schooners and sloops.
The Loyal Moderator A220 (shown on the lower left of photo) was used by the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service in the Bristol Channel.
A crewman recalls:
"I had many a trip in force 7 and 8 with the occasional 9. Though I missed out a trip down the Irish Sea in a gusting 10 (the ship survived but the crew almost didn’t). Heading into the seas they were fine and dry forward up to force 6. but they rolled a fair bit on a beam sea. I had been on the wheel a couple of times and had one hand on the wheel one hand on the voice pipe to the skippers cabin and my feet hanging in mid air."
The Museum achieved accreditation in 2023, meaning it complies with the nationally agreed standards that ensure all museums are sustainable, focused and trusted, inspiring the confidence of the public and funding and governing bodies.