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Discover the Deckhouse

Maritime Museum -  The Deckhouse and Introductory Displays

Wooden deckhouses were a common feature on ships of the 19th and early 20th centuries. They often contained saloons (rooms) or sleeping accommodation. This deckhouse was probably a saloon as it has many windows and no internal compartments. This deckhouse is likely to have come from an early 20th century cargo/passenger steamer, possibly one of the 'North Boats' which sailed to Orkney and Shetland.

Deckhouses, on both sailing ships and steamers, generally contained passenger bunks or day rooms. The deckhouse was built separately and then attached to the deck. Metal rings at the base of this house would have fixed it to the deck.

SextantAn introductory display showcase contains a range of objects from the museum collection. These symbolise the main themes of fishing, oil, the harbour and shipbuilding. Objects include models of ships built in Aberdeen; herring barrel stencils; charts of the harbour and a remotely operated vehicle used in the oil industry.