Classic Boat Museum

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The Classic Boat Museum

The Classic Boat Museum is a museum of boats and of the history of yachting and boating. It is located on the Isle of Wight at two separate sites on either side of the River Medina; The Boat Collection in Cowes, and The Gallery in East Cowes. It is a working museum featuring restoration. Work takes place all year round. In addition to classic boats, the museum contains tools, artefacts, books, photographs, film and archival items that relate to the history of boat building, sailing, yachting, cruising and racing over the last century.

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The Boat Collection

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The Boat Shed beside the historic Hammerhead Crane

The collection includes varied types of boat, most made from wood, that have now been restored. In addition to the main exhibits, there are also smaller boats on display including dinghies, canoes and rowing boats. [1]

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Entrance to Classic Boat Museum Gallery

The Classic Boat Museum's Gallery, based in the former Saunders Roe 1935 building, houses a number of photographic and artefact items, including:

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References

  1. "Isle of Wight Classic Boat Museum — Collection". Classic Boat Museum.
  2. "Science Museum Group Journal - Blanche Coules Thornycroft and the application of engineering knowledge". journal.sciencemuseum.org.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2020.

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