The nation should pay for a new home at the Nautical Museum for Peggy said Castletown commissioner Colin Leather. The boat, the world’s oldest yacht, was in a very poor condition in the damp cellar of the Nautical Museum where she had lain for 200 years. Manx National Heritage removed her in January for restoration work in a facility in the Isle of Man Business Park in Douglas.
Mr Leather said: ‘I went to see Peggy, they have done a fantastic job, she is in a controlled atmosphere, they have spent long thousands of pounds. ‘We were given the history of the Peggy, it was utterly fascinating. They have even taken layers of paint off to see the original colours. It will come back (to Castletown) but not for some time.
‘They need to find somewhere to house it, the cellar (at the museum) is too damp, they have got plans to put it at a higher level, it’s going to cost a lot of money. I propose we write to government, she (Peggy) was given to the nation and the nation should pay something for its refurbishment. We should see if we can get some money from government to complete it.’ Chairman Alwyn Collister said MNH has enough funds.
There was no seconder for Mr Leather’s proposal.