Margaret is believed to have been built in Whitehaven around 1780 for the Curwen family who owned Belle Isle on Windermere. Margaret may be the oldest sailing yacht in the UK and was used to race against other yachts on Windermere for many years.
Margaret had a long life on Windermere but was later transported to Southport. Following the destruction of a similar vessel in the 1950s, George Pattinson, the museum’s founder, set out to find Margaret and bring her back to Windermere. Eventually she was found lying upside down in a field, on the outskirts of Southport, being used as a henhouse.
Margaret is being preserved and our volunteers have already cleaned the boat ready for display, we will also treat and conserve all the ironworks and iron and copper fastenings. Margaret will be displayed in the exhibition gallery when the museum opens telling stories about the life of luxury and sailing on Windermere.
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