The Maggie Law Maritime Museum


William Street, Gourdon, Montrose, Angus, DD10 0LW

    The Maggie Law Maritime Museum sits in the heart of the picturesque fishing village of Gourdon, one of the few remaining working harbours on this coastline. The centrepiece of the Museum is the old inshore lifeboat, the Maggie Law.

    The Maggie Law Maritime Museum sits in the heart of the picturesque fishing village of Gourdon, one of the few remaining working harbours on this coastline.

    The centrepiece of the Museum is the old inshore lifeboat, the Maggie Law.

    The entrance to Gourdon Harbour is made difficult by the Coutts Rocks, which lie just off the harbour mouth, and many boats were wrecked on these rock, and many fishermen lost their lives within yards of the harbour and shore, and sometimes three generations of Gourdon fishermen on one boat, could be lost in a storm or a shipwreck.

    To solve this problem, the fishermen of Gourdon in 1890, agreed to pay a penny in the pound from their catches, for the building and maintenance of an inshore surf boat to prevent further loss oflife .

    James (Jeems) Mowatt, the local builder was commissioned to build a boat thirty feet in length , with a beam of six feet, rowed by six men, and steered by a seventh man.

    The boat was called the Maggie Law, after the daughter of a local Gourdon fish curer called Tom Law

    The Maggie Law was rowed by crews of volunteer fishermen, and their courage and stamina can only be imagined when you marvel at this boat, and consider that a gross weight of one ton and two hundredweights was rowed by six men in the worst of weather conditions, with selfless consideration, in the pursuit of safety and rescue of others.

    In a period of service from 1890 to 1930, this boat saved thirty six lives, which makes this a remarkable piece of maritime heritage, situated in the old Coastguard apparatus shed in the heart of Gourdon.

    The museum has an educational maritime heritage focus, and has many interactive opportunities for visitors.

    The upper deck of the Museum house a series of interpretive panels, which highlight major Gourdon connections to the Cutty Sark, the Titanic, and many other fascinating legends and tales of the Kincardineshire coastline. These are also told in poetry and song by local musicians and artistes.

    The Museum is designed to be disability friendly in order to overcome some of the physical obstacles of the building and an audio visual  “Armchair Tour” of the museum  is available from the lower deck for people who may have mobility difficulties  or who happen to be wheelchair users.

    In addition, two mobility scooters are available to enable visitors to make the most of the harbour heritage trail, and to visit the fish processing plants on the quayside and buy the very best in fresh fish, or relax in the Hornblowers Restaurant or the Harbour Bar on the pier, and sit back and enjoy the views of a working harbour.

    We aim to create an experience that is more than just a Museum visit, and creates a visitor experience which captures and celebrates, the rich maritime heritage of Gourdon and the surrounding Kincardineshire coastline .

    3 Museum
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2014
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014


    • Audio Loop
    • Disabled Access

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities

    Payment Methods

    • Cash


    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Disabled Parking
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Parking

    Languages Spoken

    • Chinese spoken
    • Dutch Speaking
    • Finnish Speaking
    • French Speaking
    • German Speaking
    • Italian Speaking
    • Polish spoken
    • Spanish Speaking
    • Swedish spoken
    • Urdu spoken
    • Welsh spoken


    • Coastal Location
    • Rural Location
    • Village Location
    • Waterfront Location

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Groups Welcome
    • No Pets Allowed
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Unaccompanied Children

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    • Contrast markings on all glass doors and all full-height windows
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Good colour / tonal contrast used throughout the attraction e.g. doors contrast strongly with floors/walls
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • all routes
      • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
    • Where there are films or information touch screens, they have visual / audible subtitles [e.g. to describe icons and images]
    • Wheelchairs provided
      • These are freely available
    • Tactile routes for visitors with visual impairments
      • throughout facility
    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)
    • Lighting effective throughout the attraction for visually impaired visitors e.g. pools of light and dark areas are avoided
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]


    • Staff who have contact with visitors have disability awareness training
    • Staff have specialised disability knowledge or skills (e.g. sign language)


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Audio
      • Braille
      • Large print (at least 14 point)
      • Other, please specify Audio & Visual armchair tour of mai

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.


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