Whilst the sea around Portland can be particularly hazardous to shipping, the Island has provided shelter for mariners from earliest times and since the construction of Portland Harbour a safe and secure anchorage known to seafarers from around the world.

maritime-003-239x300The Museum houses a range of artefacts and information telling the story of Portland’s maritime history. Displays include items recovered from the shipwrecks of the ‘Earl of Abergavenny’ and the ‘Royal Adelaide’, just two of the numerous ships lost in local waters. From the first recorded landing of the Vikings on English soil and the establishment of the Royal Naval base, to hosting the sailing events of the 2012 Olympic Games, Portland’s history has been forever linked to the sea.