Over the centuries Shipwrights in Ipswich and along the River Orwell have built all types of vessels. In the 18th Century these included East Indiamen and Naval Warships to topsail schooners built in the 19th century. Today Spirit Yachts in the middle of the port of Ipswich keeps this highly skilled profession alive building yachts that sail across the world.
Our Window Museum and this display was mentioned in the prestigious International Congress of Maritime Museums newsletter and we received great coverage which our volunteers were extremely proud of.
This display celebrates the skills of the ship builders of Ipswich and along the River Orwell.
Special tools called caulking irons were used to make the seams between the planks of the vessel watertight.