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Heritage Boat Charters

The steam launch 'Emma' carries passengers across Falmouth harbour. White text in the top-left corner reads 'Heritage Boat Charters'.

Hop aboard a boating gem and see a different view of Falmouth with a Heritage Boat Charter. Uncover more about the town’s fascinating maritime history, drink in the breathtaking views and discover a different way to explore the Cornish coastline.

The trip, which lasts an hour, starts and ends at the Museum, and takes in key Falmouth landmarks and beautiful river scenes. Each boat can take up to eight passengers plus crew and your charter won’t include anyone else from outside your group.

The charter includes a day pass to the Museum so after your trip on the water spend some time visiting the 15 galleries, our current major exhibition, Monsters of the Deep, the Tidal Zone, the Lookout Tower, plus much more!

The boats

Jonik – 1930’s motor launch
Jonik is a 24ft (7.3m) motor launch built in Fowey in 1934. The builder, Percy Clemens, used the best quality timber available. She is built using silver spruce and teak and demonstrates excellent craftsmanship.

Emma – steam launch
Emma is a 22ft x 6ft teak-built steam launch. Although the original builder is unknown it’s believed Emma was built around 1912.


Jonik: charters available on Jonik Mon – Fri at 10.30am, midday, 1.30pm, 3pm.

Emma: to charter Emma please email us:

Price & Booking

Included in the price of the charter is:

Jonik – motor launch
Emma – steam launch
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Please arrive at the admissions desk 15 minutes before the start of the trip.


How long will the charter last?
The trip will last one hour.

What measures are in place to keep the charters COVID secure?
We have reduced the amount of passengers on the boat to allow for social distancing between the crew and your group. All crew and passengers on the boat are expected to wear masks and crew will be regularly using hand sanitiser. The boat and life jackets will be sanitised between each trip. Please note that crew will not be able to help passengers on and off the boat at this time.

Do I have to wear a mask on the boat?
Yes, a mask must be worn throughout the Museum visit including when on the boat trip. Those with a medical exemption do not have to wear a covering.

What time do I need to meet the crew?
Please meet 15 minutes before the start of the charter at the Museum’s admission desk. This allows enough time to put on life jackets and get ready for the trip.

Are there facilities on the boat?
There are no toilet or refreshment facilities on the boat. The Museum has toilets and a café for refreshments, which you are welcome to use before or after the boat trip.

Can I take my baby on the tour with me?
Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, we are unable to offer spaces to any children under the age of two, including babies.

Can I transfer my ticket to another day?
Unfortunately tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. If the Museum has to cancel the charter a ticket transfer or full refund will be given.

If it rains is there somewhere dry to sit?
The boat does not have a covered area and is open to the elements. We recommend being prepared for all weather conditions with suitable clothing and footwear.


NMMC Heritage Boat Charters Terms & Conditions

Cancellation & refund

Availability and accessibility


Combined tickets

Boat Licences

Boat licence for Jonik.

National Maritime
Museum Cornwall Trust
Discovery Quay
Falmouth Cornwall
TR11 3QY

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Tel: +44(0)1326 313388

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National Maritime Museum
Cornwall Trust
Discovery Quay
TR11 3QY

Tel: +44(0)1326 313388