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Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office
Garlandstone Museum, Porthmadog, collection

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XM/4229; XS/2129

Held at: Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Title: Garlandstone Museum, Porthmadog, Collection

Short Title: Garlandstone Museum, Porthmadog, collection

Creation date(s): 1872-1958

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: [to be supplied]

Name of creator(s): Garlandstone Museum, Porthmadog


Administrative/Biographical history: Porthmadog is a harbour town created early in the early 1800s. The town's prosperity was founded on the slate trade from the quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog. A private maritime museum was established in an old ketch, the Garlandstone, built in Devon in 1908, which used to sail from the port; it was permanently berthed at Oakley No. 3 Wharf in the old harbour. The museum collected a range of material relating to the port and its ships. The museum became part of Gwynedd Maritime Museum, and is now Porthmadog Maritime Museum. The Garlandstone passed to the National Museums & Galleries of Wales. In 1987, the ship was leased to Morwellham Quay Industrial Museum, Devon, and in 2000 became its property. Captain Murdock was the master and owner of Garlandstone. David Williams , a shipbuilder, was born in Porthmadog in 1862.


Scope and content/abstract: Documents relating to Porthmadog, 1872-1914, including Porthmadog Harbour correspondence, 1872-1914; financial records, 1868-1909; miscellaneous papers, 1850-1978; bills of sale, 1873-1893; papers of David Williams, shipbuilder, and others, 1880-1906; and photographs of various ships, including the Garlandstone, 1905-1958, and of Porthmadog Harbour.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: documents and photographs

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Caernarvon Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:



Note: Title supplied from collector of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Catalogue of the Garlandstone Museum, Porthmadog, Collection; An Introduction to Porthmadog Harbour ([s.l. Gwynedd Planning/Archives Department, [c. 1986]).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2004.

Garlandstone Museum (Porthmadog, Wales) | Archives
Harbours | Wales | Porthmadog
Porthmadog (Wales) | History
Porthmadog Harbour (Wales) | Records and correspondence
Ships | Wales | Porthmadog
Williams, David, | shipbuilder of Porthmadog, | Archives

Personal names
Williams , David , shipbuilder of Porthmadog

Corporate names
Garlandstone (Ship)
Garlandstone Museum (Porthmadog, Wales)
Porthmadog Harbour (Wales)

Porthmadog (Wales)

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