World of Boats expands to Cardiff

AFter attracting their fair share of visitors to their vast collection of boats in Berwickshire, the team behind Eyemouth’s World of Boats are broadening their horizons by opening a similar attraction in Wales.

A waterfront museum charting the history of boats in set to open in Cardiff Bay this summer, in the hope it will become a major visitor attraction over the next five years.

World of Boats will open in July on a site next to the Doctor Who Experience in Porth Teigr, displaying historic vessels alongside major maritime restoration projects.

The charity behind the development, Eyemouth International Sailing Craft Association (EISCA), who welcomed the Her Majesty to the Queen to Eyemouth Maritime Museum in 2009, started building work in the last few weeks on the site where almost 40 historic boats will go on display.

EISCA, which has a collection of around 200 boats at its headquarters in Scotland, came up with the idea after it began restoring a replica 18th century armed topsail schooner in Roath Basin four years ago.

The charity believed it could build a major exhibition around the restoration and the rest of its collection, and signed a five year lease with Cardiff Council for the land at Porth Teigr.

EISCA spokesman Stephen Walters said the museum will consist of 38 boats, ranging from some of the earliest reed and papyrus boats to 19th century vessels.