Harding Safety Lifeboat

Designed to survive

The museum's fully-enclosed Harding Safety lifeboat in front of the museum building

  • About


    This unusual looking boat could have the most important job in our fleet! It is a fully-enclosed survival vessel designed to give tanker crew a safe exit, offering protection from burning oil and dangerous gases. The lifeboat is designed for ships or offshore installations. Its hatches hermetically seal and special features include a compressed-air passenger breathing system and a seawater pump to spray the entire boat for cooling. The lifeboat will even right itself after turning 360 degrees. It is owned and operated by the Sydney Institute of TAFE Marine Technology Centre and is used for training.

    Ticket Information

    Open daily from 9:30am and can be viewed from our wharves for free.

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    • Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
    • For safety reasons, children have to be at least 90cm in height to board all vessels.
    • Be prepared to get physical. Most vessels involves some climbing, crouching and navigating confined spaces.
    • No high heels. Flat shoes with enclosed toe recommended.
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  • More info

    More info

    Boat specifications

    Capacity 40 people
    Length 7.46 m
    Breadth 2.9 m
    Draught 1.15 m
    Weight 3.6 tonnes
    Builder Harding AS, Rosendal, Norway
    Construction Glass-reinforced fire retardant polyester (GRP) whole-moulded in one integral unit
    Machinery 2 cylinder SABB diesel motor 212 kW (30 hp) 130 litre fuel capacity
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    A group of school children on endeavour

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