Ships and Barges have been built in Ipswich for many centuries. The tools that the shipwrights used to construct them have remained the same over the centuries and this display highlights the interesting story of creating these fantastic vessels and the tools used.
This display uses barge models and barge name boards together with the tools that local shipwrights have used through the centuries in creating these fantastic vessels.
The bow badge of the barge “PRIDE OF IPSWICH” is a favourite item in our collection. The barge was built in 1864. It was skippered by George Wright (b.1853 at Chelmondiston) who unfortunately died in drowning accident on the River Orwell in 1916. The barge was later converted to a yacht and houseboat.