Operation Frankton was a Commando raid on German ships which were using the French port of Bordeaux. Under the cover of darkness, 10 men in 5 canoes were paddle 70 miles in enemy terriotory to plant limpet mines on the ships. Of the 10 Commandos who participated in the raid, only 2 survived.
Operation Frankton was immortalised in the film ‘The Cockle shell Heroes’.
The museum houses the only surviving Cockle Mk II canoe from the raid plus equipment and artefacts that cannot be seen anywhere else.