Maritime Heritage

Visit the maritime town of Emsworth to explore it's oyster heritage and then take a trip in a unique Victorian oyster boat.

Note: trips on Terror only take place May to September and must be booked in advance.  The museum is open every weekend and Bank Holiday between Easter and the end of October, as well as Fridays in August. Check for opening times.

Maritime Heritage

1. Start your day in the Emsworth Maritime Museum for a selection of the area's history displayed in articles, books, pictures, clothing and ships models. There are displays devoted to the old sea-faring families, and to the author P.G.Wodehouse who lived in Emsworth and incorporated several local names into his books. emsworthmuseum.org.uk

2. Buy a copy of the Oyster Trail leaflet from the Museum or other local outlets (50p). Follow the self-guided walks to find out more about Emsworth's oyster heritage. Oysters had probably been fished in Emsworth and Warblington for many centuries. In 1788 it is recorded that over 7,000 bushels of native Emsworth oysters, with a value of £1,500, were raked and dredged by a dozen master fishermen. In 1901 almost 400 people were working in the Emsworth oyster trade. Find out more about it's dramatic decline following the death of the Dean of Winchester. 

Maritime Heritage

Maritime Heritage

3. Have lunch at one of the cafes, pubs or restaurants in the town.

4. After lunch take a sailing trip on Terror. Terror is the last remaining oyster boat from the once thriving fleet that worked out of Emsworth. She has been restored and is now available for two-hour trips on Chichester Harbour. She only takes six passengers and is a great way to see Chichester Harbour from the water. Passengers are welcome to help out with sailing the boat but no experience is needed to join a trip. 

Maritime Heritage