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Click to enlarge: Boy looking at ship in the transport gallery at the Ulster Folk & Transport MuseumThe maritime collections are very diverse and comprise both actual craft and archive material.  They include the 120 ton schooner Result; traditional working boats; leisure craft; marine engines; machinery; tools; seafaring equipment; fishing gear; furniture; textiles; paintings; models and memorabilia; together with documentary, image, sound and film records.

There are also Titanic-related collections, Harland & Wolff ship plans and the historic photographs archive.  Our maritime collections also embrace reference library resources, including the only complete set of Lloyd's Registers of Shipping in Ireland.

Overall these collections are evidence of our rich maritime history, traditions and engagement with the sea.

Click to enlarge: Dr Holden in his sailing boat at Glenarm, Co Antrim c 1870One of the oldest maritime photographs in the Museum's collections was taken c.1870 by Dr John Sinclair Holden, a general practitioner who lived in Glenarm, Co Antrim from 1867 to 1872.  As a keen amateur photographer he made an early and important visual record of maritime life in his locality.  This photograph is a self-portrait of Dr Holden standing in his own gaff-rigged sailing boat, which he humorously called The Emetic.

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Dr Holden in his sailing boat at Glenarm, Co Antrim c.1870


Titanic Titanic
TITANICa The Exhibition at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum has more than 500 original artefacts, including RMS Titanic objects recovered from the icy Atlantic. See one of the original plans of the ship with last minute design changes as well as a porthole and a soup tureen from the seabe...


Sea, Ships & Seafaring Sea, Ships & Seafaring
The importance of the sea and seaways in shaping human history and culture is widely recognised.  As island people, our history, traditions and heritage have a significant maritime dimension.  The sea has always been an important resource and a great water highway connecting Ireland to ...


The Schooner Result The Schooner Result
Where can you see this sailing ship on display?  Outside the Dalchoolin Galleries at the Transport Museum Which collection is this ship part of? Sea Transport Why is this sailing ship so important? The Result is a type of sailing ship known as a ‘three masted schooner’. She ...