Garlandstone Museum, Porthmadog, Collection

Scope and Content

Documents relating to Porthmadog, 1872-1914, including Porthmadog Harbour correspondence, 1872-1914; financial records, 1868-1909; miscellaneous papers, 1850-1978; bills of sale, 1873-1893; papers of David Williams, shipbuilder, and others, 1880-1906; and photographs of various ships, including the Garlandstone, 1905-1958, and of Porthmadog Harbour.

Administrative / Biographical History

Porthmadog is a harbour town created early in the early 1800s. The town's prosperity was founded on the slate trade from the quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog. A private maritime museum was established in an old ketch, the Garlandstone, built in Devon in 1908, which used to sail from the port; it was permanently berthed at Oakley No. 3 Wharf in the old harbour. The museum collected a range of material relating to the port and its ships. The museum became part of Gwynedd Maritime Museum, and is now Porthmadog Maritime Museum. The Garlandstone passed to the National Museums & Galleries of Wales. In 1987, the ship was leased to Morwellham Quay Industrial Museum, Devon, and in 2000 became its property. Captain Murdock was the master and owner of Garlandstone. David Williams , a shipbuilder, was born in Porthmadog in 1862.


Arranged into the following: documents and photographs

Access Information

No restrictions.


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Catalogue of the Garlandstone Museum, Porthmadog, Collection; An Introduction to Porthmadog Harbour ([s.l. Gwynedd Planning/Archives Department, [c. 1986]).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Caernarvon Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

Geographical Names