Maritime Museum

Top choice in South Devon

Here be treasure: the highlight of the hauls from local shipwrecks are the 500 glittering Moroccan gold dinars from the Salcombe Cannon wreck site, dating from the 13th to the 17th centuries. Evocative tools of the shipbuilding trade are also displayed – stretching hooks, caulking irons and drawing knives – alongside models of the boats they helped build.

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2. North Sands

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3. South Sands

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4. Overbeck’s

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6. South Hallsands

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7. Sherman Tank

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