ANMM Blog

  • Australian Register of Historic Vessels

    Preserving the Dart: a piece of working history from the Murray River

    23 Feb 2018

    The traffic on the Murray River owes a big debt to the simple working vessels that serviced the infrastructure that made commercial operations possible. One of these crafts, the barge Dart, lies onshore at Goolwa, shaded and partially protected by … The post Preserving the Dart: a piece of working history from the Murray River appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Events

    Two centuries of Chinese migration

    14 Feb 2018

    It’s coming up to Lunar New Year and the so-called world’s largest annual human migration, as hundreds of millions of people (particularly China’s urban-based migrant workers) head home to spend the holiday with their families. It’s also coming up to … The post Two centuries of Chinese migration appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    A sailor’s heart

    13 Feb 2018

    Valentine’s Day is not usually a day associated with sailors. Roses and chocolates are hard to find at sea and some would say romantic prose has no place on the decks of ships – particularly ships which do not come … The post A sailor’s heart appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Publications, Awards, Prizes

    Promoting maritime heritage: applications open – MMAPSS Funding 2018-19

    05 Feb 2018

    Are you part of a not for profit organisation which helps preserve Australia’s rich maritime heritage? What are your organisation’s priorities for the year ahead? Applications are now open for the 2018–2019 round of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project … The post Promoting maritime heritage: applications open – MMAPSS Funding 2018-19 appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Endeavour

    Take a trip on the Virtual Endeavour

    31 Jan 2018

    A visit to the historically accurate HMB Endeavour replica in Sydney is well worthwhile if you wish to understand the harsh realities of the perilous journey Lieutenant James Cook undertook during his first voyage to Australia, during 1768-1771. Exploring the … The post Take a trip on the Virtual Endeavour appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Events

    Remembering Mabo

    25 Jan 2018

    In 1992 the landscape of modern Australian politics and society was unsettled by a ground-breaking High Court case that ruled against the idea that before the Europeans arrived Australia was terra nullius (or ‘nobody’s land’). The decision led to the … The post Remembering Mabo appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    The loss of HMAS Patricia Cam

    22 Jan 2018

    Seventy-five years ago on 22 January 1943, HMAS Patricia Cam was bombed by a Japanese floatplane and sank near the Wessel Islands, in the Arafura Sea off East Arnhem Land in northern Australia. The Patricia Cam was a timber vessel … The post The loss of HMAS Patricia Cam appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Maritime Archaeology

    Murky water, major storms and maritime archaeology: Adventures with the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (2017 Field Season)

    18 Jan 2018

    This past September, Kieran Hosty and I travelled to Newport, Rhode Island to assist an ongoing effort to archaeologically document eighteenth-century shipwreck sites in the city’s harbour associated with the American War of Independence (1775-1783). We were invited to Newport … The post Murky water, major storms and maritime archaeology: Adventures with the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (2017 Field Season) appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    Irene Pritchard, Sydney’s first female race skipper

    17 Jan 2018

    ‘This venturesome young lady’ On Christmas Eve 1898, Irene Pritchard became the first woman to race a sailing boat on Sydney Harbour. Skippering the tiny 8-footer (2.4 metre) Zephyr, she took to the front early and won her first race … The post Irene Pritchard, Sydney’s first female race skipper appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Australian Register of Historic Vessels

    HMAS WYATT EARP: Australia’s earliest national Antarctic research vessel

    11 Jan 2018

    Remembering the ‘Twerp‘ On 26 December 1947, a small, nondescript wooden-hulled motor vessel set off from Hobart, bound for Antarctica. Its silhouette resembled that of an ageing offshore fishing craft, but its weather deck was packed from stem to stern … The post HMAS WYATT EARP: Australia’s earliest national Antarctic research vessel appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • USA Gallery at ANMM

    Flashback to Christmas 1942

    25 Dec 2017

    This Christmas Richard Wood, USA Programs Manager, turns back time to 1942 when the festive season in Australia and the USA faced austerity measures and missing family members during World War II but the spirit of the season persevered.  By Christmas … The post Flashback to Christmas 1942 appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    Goodwill to all

    25 Dec 2017

    As the year crawls to its inevitable end and we turn our thoughts to Christmas, it is important to keep things in perspective as the trials of the season also begin to appear. Usually, these occur doing the early stages … The post Goodwill to all appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    SY Ena comes home to Sydney

    22 Dec 2017

    “Shortly after 9.0’clock on Saturday morning, a handsome steam yacht, built for Mr TA Dibbs was launched from Mr Fords yard, Berrys Bay. As she left the ways she was christened ‘Ena’ by Miss Dorothy Dibbs.” This brief report in … The post SY Ena comes home to Sydney appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Learning

    A Hawaiian Friendship Ceremony, Part II: Pledging Peace in the Pacific

    20 Dec 2017

    In 1945 the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed aboard the USS Missouri, which signalled the end of hostilities between Japan and the Allied forces. As part of the War and Peace in the Pacific 75 Education Program, we invited schools … The post A Hawaiian Friendship Ceremony, Part II: Pledging Peace in the Pacific appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    The sinking of SS Ceramic

    07 Dec 2017

    A British liner, a German U-boat, the mid-Atlantic Ocean and the Royal Australian Navy – what do they have in common? The SS Ceramic. Built by the famous Belfast shipbuilders, Harland & Wolff, SS Ceramic was launched on 11 December 1912 … The post The sinking of SS Ceramic appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.