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October 4th 2013
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The railway's maritime connection
Porthmadog owes its existence to William Madocks. Without him the slate trade which passed through its harbour after the Cob was built would not have developed as it did.

Without the slate trade the Ffestiniog Railway would not have been built.

For something over one hundred years Porthmadog enjoyed a flourishing maritime economy through its harbour. Its ships sailed all over. Its inhabitants designed, built, owned, insured, managed and sailed numerous wooden hulled sailing ships until the 1914 -18 war killed off those businesses.

Porthmadog Harbour is a crucial element in Porthmadog’s maritime success.

Its story and that of its shipbuilders, ship owners and sailors are on show in Porthmadog Maritime Museum. This is in the last surviving slate shed on Oakley Wharf across Britannia Bridge from Harbour Station behind the Ganolfan next to the Harbour Master’s office.

Should you want a taster go to our web site

During “1863 and All That” the Museum will be opening its normal hours on Friday 11th October and extended hours from 10 am to 4 pm on 12th and 13th October.

The Museum is run entirely by volunteers. We look forward to meeting you there.




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