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VI Maritime Museum

HLSCC Marine Centre
East End
British Virgin Islands
(284) 852-7169
info@hlscc.edu.vg

The British Virgin Islands developed as one of the four major boat building centres in the Lesser Antilles over the course of the last two centuries. As early as the 18th century local entrepreneurs using sailing vessels began to trade throughout the Caribbean. Out of this activity evolved a type of trading sloop known as the "Tortola Boat" which is unique in its design and around which grew the culture and economy of the BVI. The exact original type of sloop that the "Tortola Boat" evolved from is not known, but it has been established that the design that we know today is unique to our territory. Located on the second floor of the Centre of Applied Marine Studies at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in Paraquita Bay, Tortola is found the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum. The Museum founded in March 2005 is dedicated to preserving the Maritime Heritage of the Virgin Islands through displays, photographs and educational outreach programs. Opening hours are: Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The Department of Culture's Museums of the Virgin Islands brochure  

The British Virgin Islands developed as one of the four major boat building centres in the Lesser Antilles over the course of the last two centuries. As early as the 18th century local entrepreneurs using sailing vessels began to trade throughout the Caribbean. Out of this activity evolved a type of trading sloop known as the "Tortola Boat" which is unique in its design and around which grew the culture and economy of the BVI. The exact original type of sloop that the "Tortola Boat" evolved from is not known, but it has been established that the design that we know today is unique to our territory. Located on the second floor of the Centre of Applied Marine Studies at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in Paraquita Bay, Tortola is found the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum. The Museum founded in March 2005 is dedicated to preserving the Maritime Heritage of the Virgin Islands through displays, photographs and educational outreach programs. Opening hours are: Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The Department of Culture's Museums of the Virgin Islands brochure