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Maritime Museum

Shipping off Castle Cornet, by Thomas Whitcombe, 1785

Learn why Guernsey's islanders have been called 'A People of the Sea'.

Located in the Upper Barracks building, the story of Guernsey and the sea is told through original objects, models and marine art. It begins with a display about Guernsey's Roman ship, which was found in the harbour only 300 metres from this museum.

An art gallery shows a changing selection of oil paintings from our extensive marine art collection. These include a number of 'port paintings' of ships built in Guernsey yards or operated by local ship owners. Display cases hold beautifully crafted ship models. Find out how many Guernsey families made their fortune through ship-building, privateering or by 'free trade' in wines and spirits.

Admiral James Saumarez, Guernsey's great naval hero of the Napoleonic Wars, is celebrated with a display of his regalia and swords. The museum also marks the tragic sinking of the SS Stella, dubbed 'the Titanic of the Channel Islands' and the loss of HMS Charybdis and HMS Limbourne during the Second World War.

The Maritime Museum is connected to the Hatton Gallery, which is available for private hire.

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