The Harbour Museum

Places to See | Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

PLEASE NOTE: The Harbour Museum is now closed to the public. Arrangements for accessing archive and genealogy services will be available shortly. Telephone 028 71 377 331.

The Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners built this fine sandstone building in 1882 to the design of John Kennedy. Now owned by Derry City Council, it is the headquarters of the Heritage & Museum Service.

A wide range of paraphernalia pertaining to Derry as a Port is on display, ranging from a full-size reproduction of an ‘Iona Currach’ which Colmcille used to sail from Derry to the Scottish island when he founded his monastery to objects from the ‘Minnehaha’, one of the key emigration ships to operate out of Derry in the famine years.

Address: Harbour Square, Derry, Co. Londonderry BT48 6AF

6 Responses to The Harbour Museum

  1. I am trying to find information on the Ship “Faithful Steward” which sailed from Londonderry on July 9,1785 under the command of Conolly M’Causland and which rain aground off the coast of Delaware (USA) on September 1 and and sank on 2nd 1785. Are there passenger and crew lists or information on cargo available? Can you suggest potential sources to contact?

    James A Stewart January 5, 2016 at 12:30 am Reply
    • Hi James. Thanks for the comment. I’m not entirely sure where you can find the info you’re looking for but I would try the Derry Visitor And Convention Bureau as a first port of call. They might be able to direct you better.

      Thomas January 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply
    • A list of survivors of Faithful Steward, 68 in total – 13 crew, 10 cabin passengers and 45 steerage passengers – was published in Londonderry Journal of 21 February 1786.

      My research into this ship was published in Irish Roots magazine in 2003 (number issue number 47.

      Brian Mitchell
      Derry Genealogy

      Brian S Mitchell July 25, 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply
  2. Hello
    Do you know who made the curragh that is in the Harbour Museum? In 1962 my great uncle was asked to make a curragh for clergymen to row to Iona. Thank you for any information you can provide.

    Maura MacBride January 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm Reply
    • Hi Laura,

      The curragh was made in 1963. John Barry and Wallace Clark started the process of gathering volunteers and the design was by Richard Mac Cullagh. The boat was built by James Boyd of Carrickfin Island. Hope this is of some help.

      Ronan Mc Connell April 22, 2016 at 10:01 am Reply
    • Hi Maura

      Church of Ireland Gazette of 2 August 2013 (now online, provides the answer in a letter from one of the 1963 oarsmen, J.R.F. Hilliard, Killarney. It was Jim Boyd, a boat builder who was churchwarden of Bunbeg parish church and rang the church bell there.

      Derry Genealogy

      Brian Mitchell April 22, 2016 at 10:28 am Reply

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