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World's Oldest Yacht Finally On Way For Conservation in Isle Of Man

29th January 2015
Peggy
The model of the 1789-built Peggy in the Manx Nautical Museum in Castletown, Isle of Man, is only a taster for seeing the real thing in the "boat cellar" below. Photo: W M Nixon
World's Oldest Yacht Finally On Way For Conservation in Isle Of Man

#oldestyacht – What may well be the world's oldest yacht, the 1789-built 26ft schooner Peggy in the Isle of Man has finally been lifted out of her historic berth under Bridge House in Castletown in the isle of Man, and has been safely transferred to a specially-modified workshop in Douglas for the painstaking work of conservation to begin.

As the project with the historic Asgard by John Kearon and his team in Collins Barracks in Dublin revealed, conservation is a highly skilled job requiring much patience, and almost endless resources. But the wonderful Peggy, built 226 years ago for Manx renaissance man and pioneering yachtsman George Quayle, is very special indeed, and the people of the Isle of Man are determined to ensure that she gets the preservation treatment she deserves.

Video of the yacht being moved here

Read WM Nixon's full blog on Peggy here

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