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.
Floating dry dock for the Astilleros de Tarragona, S.A. factory.Documents
Blueprints for a floating dry dock that was part of the factory of Astilleros de Tarragona S.A., founded in 1918. It shows the general view, the plan and the transverse section of this dock, built at the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft shipyards in Kiel. A floating dry dock is a U-shaped metal hull that is can be lowered to a certain depth. The ship needing repair is placed within it, and it is then drained so that the dock rises and lifts the vessel out of the water.