Remarkable maritime history
THE Gallery is in what was the Columbine Building, an amazing example of British industrial architecture itself.
In the Main Gallery you will find the Thornycroft displays, featuring photographs and models related to three generations of that remarkable family.
There are also a number of Robin Board's tiny, detailed models of traditional working boats as well as models and photographs of hovercraft built on the site, including the SRN4.
The Sir Maurice Laing display includes half-models of Bathsheba, Vashti, Loujaine and Clarion of Wight.
The Marion 'Joe' Carstairs display includes many of the trophies won by this extraordinary woman. Known for her eccentric lifestyle, she usually dressed as a man, had tattooed arms and loved machines, adventure and speed.
There is also a 'Great Liners' display, models of racing powerboats, the Trinity House Needles lighthouse, pilot launch and ship in a (lighthouse) lamp bulb as well as George Dexter's large model of the Princess Flying Boat, again built on site.
The Cowes RoomHere you will find displays focussed on the work of renowned local boat designer and personality, Uffa Fox, as well as a replica of Frank Beken's famous maritime camera that was used in the 1890's aboard Rosabelle, which can be seen in the nearby Museum.
The Ellen Macarther Trust display includes a model of her trimaran, B & Q in which she sailed around the world in 71 days.
There is also a Sir Francis Chichester display, including a model of Gypsy Moth IV, in which he circumnavigated the globe, becoming the first person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route.
Photograph on display includes of some of the 'Big Class' yachts and America's Cup contenders, and there is also a large model of a J-class