The Maritime Museum’s collections are extremely rich and varied. They include pieces ranging from a ship that still sails to a postal stamp, or from a steam engine to a 14th-century manuscript. Of course, they also include everything you expect to find in a maritime museum: binnacles, anchors, model ships, navigational tools, etc. In other words, all sorts of documents and objects from the miniscule to the huge, from all different periods and made of all sorts of materials. For decades, the Museum has gathered examples of the maritime past, a heritage that reminds us of the lives of seafarers, the histories of ships and maritime activities in peacetime or war.
We would like to offer a selection of objects and documents that are notable for their historical interest, their rarity or their aesthetic value. These can give you a general idea of the content of the Museum’s collection. However, do not forget that there is a great deal beyond this selection, with thousands of artefacts and documents that you can discover using our search engine or other resources.
We encourage you to take a stroll through some of the key pieces in our Museum’s collection, grouped into twelve categories to help you keep your bearings.
Portrait of the merchant frigate Remedios Pascual, by José Pineda GuerraShip portraits
Tempera on paper from approximately 1900, by José Pineda Guerra. This portrait shows the merchant frigate Remedios Pascual under full sail. On the foremast, the company flag is visible (with MJ, for Marcelino Jané). On the mainmast is a flag showing the ship is registered in Barcelona, and the Spanish flag flies at the stern.
The frigate Remedios Pascual was built in 1885 at the J. Bingay shipyard in Barton (Nova Scotia). The ship, then named Stalwart, was acquired in London by the Marcelina Jané y Formosa company from Mr Guillermo Lowe. On November 2nd, 1900, the ship was registered in Barcelona as the Remedios Pascual. On January 27th, 1906, it was eliminated from the registry because it has wrecked on the beaches of Ship John, some 90 miles south of New York.