A favourite for every visitor is the replica ketch Active II. Built by shipwright Bill Porter and rigged by sail maker Don Lucas in 1986, it fills our entrance gallery. The first Active was built in 1873 and worked the coast until 1959.
The ketch trade could be tough. The pay was poor, crews slept onboard and many fished to supplement their rations. Ketches were typically crewed by a skipper and one or two deck hands. Boys wanting to go to sea could gain their first experience in ketches before moving to steamships. Some chose ketches because the short voyages brought them back to their home ports each week.
Visitors are encouraged to board the ketch and experience life at sea on dry land!