The Story So Far:

The museum is housed in the old coastguard station and apparatus shed which overlooks the Gutty harbour in the heart of the village. The station was closed in 1969 and the building subsequently donated to the community to provide a secure home for the  iconic Maggie Law surfboat. A small group of volunteers developed the facility and opened it as an unmanned museum in 1997. The opening ceremony was conducted by Gerald Bannermann the grandson of James Mowatt the builder of the Maggie law.

The video below gives an impression of how the upper deck of the museum looked in 2011.


In 2011 a grant was obtained from Aberdeenshire council to secure the building and further develop the museum and a group of volunteers, the Gourdon Community Council and senior pupils from Lathallan School became involved. This grant, supplemented by generous sponsorship donations, enabled substantial work to be carried out on the museum which re-opened in its present form on 12 April 2013 .The opening ceremony was performed by Dame Anne Begg the then Westminster MP for Aberdeen South.

Since April 2016 the following management team made of volunteers has succesfully run the day to day workings of the Maggie Law Maritime Museum

Chairperson Marie Carnie

Project Leader Tom Carnie

Secretary Moira Coull

TreasurerTom Carnie

Maritime and Community ResearchMoira Coull

ArchivistJackie McLean

IT SystemsTom Carnie


Facilities ManagementTom Carnie, Tom Ritchie










Click for Map

Upcoming Events

Aberdeenshire Council
Lathallan School
Harbour Bar
site map | cookie policy | privacy policy