Shipbuilding in Padstow In this view one can see some of the old shipyards in mid distance, these were filled in to form the station yard and sidings in the early 20th century.

Shipbuilding was a major industry in the Port of Padstow in 19th & early 20th centuries there were several small family run yards along the foreshore as can be seen in the photographic records that exist

Our museum is fortunate to have a fine selection of the specialist tools used by these craftsmen.

It is interesting to note that many of the older properties in the town made use of the off cut wood to form frame works and roof trusses.

Many of the ships built here in the 19th century plied their trade to Canada and North America transporting emigrants  and cargo returning with timber and other cargoes.

There are many accounts of their voyages, one in particular is the fascinating story of the wreck of the Mary Lowden.

In today's modern way of shipbuilding there are firms that build small vessels in GRP, another forms of construction.  

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