Shipping

During the 1860s, the iron ore and most of the sulphur was being shipped from Borwick Rails harbour to various ports in the British Isles. 600 vessels visited the harbour in 1864 alone.

During the 1860s, the iron ore and most of the sulphur was being shipped from Borwick Rails harbour to various ports in the British Isles. 600 vessels visited the harbour in 1864 alone.Many of the ships sailing from Millom were the property of William Postlethwaite, who also owned mines and had other business interests. The museum contains many items relating to the shipping heritage of the town, including models, photographs and accounts of life from the heyday of shipping.

Emily Barrett was ordered by the Hodbarrow mining Company and the keel was laid in 1910. The display in this shipping gallery includes the restored figurehead of an angel. The panels describe the restoration of this figurehead and the history of this and other vessels operating in the Duddon estuary.