Eyemouth Maritime Centre is housed in our recreation of an 18th century frigate alongside Eyemouth’s historic harbour. Telling the stories of mankind afloat, our ever-changing exhibitions display boats from our ‘World of Boats’ collection of nearly 400 vessels from around the world.
Our current exhibition, ‘The Whalers’, tells the story of whaling, from using hand-thrown harpoons from open whaleboats, to the local men whaling in the Antarctic. See our magnificent 37-foot long whaleboat, Elisa, from the Azores islands in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. She was used by her crew of seven men, propelled only by sail and oar, to hunt sperm whales using hand-thrown harpoons, just as in the days of Captain Ahab and Moby-Dick.
The story of the local men who spent the winter months ‘at the ice’, whaling from Leith Harbour, South Georgia is told through a multitude of whaling artefacts and photographs from the Antarctic whaling expeditions. They are kindly on loan from the families of local ex-whalers, bringing to life the little-known, or often forgotten, story of our whaling past. ‘The Whalers’ exhibition joins a selection of other vessels, including UK coastal fishing boats, all on display from our ‘World of Boats’ collection of nearly 400 vessels from around the world. Many of these are represented by scale models in Eyemouth Maritime Centre, offering a glimpse into to our full and unique collection.
In keeping with our external vision of an 18th century frigate, our atmospheric replica gun deck, complete with sound effects, recreates what naval life must have been like for the officers and crew in those far-off times. Activities for all the family, including knot-tying, interactive learning in how ships’ pulleys work, children’s quizzes, colouring-in, and dressing-up as pirates.
New for 2016: the story of Cutty Sark, built for John ‘White Hat’ Willis of Eyemouth – part of our joint exhibition with Eyemouth Museum.
Open Easter – end October 2016, every day
Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 10:00-16:00
Old Fishmarket, Harbour Road, Eyemouth TD14 5HY
Tel: 018907 51020/51517