In the boat gallery visitors can find out how sailing craft have been developed to cope with the various elements, which were explored in the first section of the museum. Exhibits explain how sails are used to harness the power of the wind, how boats move through the water, how they anchor and how they moor. Several historic ship models show developments in ship design whilst a series of ship paintings are used in innovative ways to explore the maritime theme.
Small as the island may seem, Jersey was a major shipbuilding centre in the nineteenth century. One of the largest yards has been very skilfully modelled from surviving records of the site and visitors can get a real feel for the noise and bustle of a successful shipbuilding business. This particular yard was so busy there could be up to six vessels on the stocks at one time.
A new display for 2014 is the ship model case. Amongst the exhibits on show here are models of both the 6th and 7th incarnations of HMS Jersey as well as the Emeraudes Lines fast ferry Solidor III, which was a familar sight on the Channel Islands St malo route in the early years of this century.
Moving from the past to the present, visitors can glimpse a modern workshop where old boats are restored and new boats are built using traditional materials and techniques. Later in your visit you will be able to walk through the boat shop and take a closer look. On certain days you may even have an opportunity to chat to the boat builder.