The town of Passage boasts an impressive industrial heritage dating back over 300 years. Known as ‘the original port of Cork’ it was the birthplace of the first steamship built in Ireland. “The City of Cork”, was constructed in 1815 on the site of where the Museum now stands.
It was also the port from which “The Sirius”, the first ship to cross the Atlantic entirely under steam, left in 1838 under the command of local man Captain Richard Roberts. And of course, Passage West and its shipbuilding industry is probably best known through its association with the Royal Victoria Dockyard, which provided so much employment to its townspeople throughout the years.
Maritime history is integral to the community of Passage West. The wide variety of rare artefacts and archival material on display at the Maritime Museum vividly illustrate the lower harbour area’s proud heritage in boat building and repair, while also focusing on its association with significant events in maritime and military history.
The museum is closed from November to March. However, guided tours can be arranged by appointment throughout this time.