North Devon EX39 6DU
This little museum occupies two upper rooms of one of Hartland Quay’s old buildings still left standing on the exposed rocky headland, opposite Hartland Quay Hotel.
It is an absolute treasure trove and should not be missed.
Established in 1980 and recently expanded, it is crammed with photographs of shipwrecks and rescues, bits salvaged from wrecked ships, rescue equipment and model ships.
The quay was originally built in the late 16th century but was swept away in 1887 and the museum shows how the quay worked in days gone by. There are displays on Hartland Point Lighthouse, Smuggling, Coastal Trade and Industries, Fishing and the wartime Wellington Bomber Z8721 which crashed into the cliffs in 1942.
Before the days of Sea King rescue helicopters, Hartland Quay was the home of an award winning rocket rescue service known as the Hartland Life Saving Apparatus Company. Teams of men would fire rockets carrying lines out to the ships stranded on the rocks enabling crews to be winched ashore and saved. The old Rocket House where the squads lived can still be seen near the old Quay.
Easter week to mid October: Every day 11:00 – 17:00 hours
There is a small admission charge to cover running costs.
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+44 (0)1237 441 218
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