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    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.

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    ‘The beautiful Balts’ – 70 years on

    28 Nov 2017

    At the museum, we hold a rich collection of ephemera, which refers to written or printed materials that have short-term use, like letters, postcards, brochures, invitations and greeting cards. Many of these items go on to acquire a lasting historical … The post ‘The beautiful Balts’ – 70 years on appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

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    Ken Warby and SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA: Still the world record holder, 40 years later

    20 Nov 2017

    On 20 November 1977, Ken Warby set the world water speed record, piloting his wooden jet-powered boat, Spirit of Australia, into the history books. Warby’s home-made wooden hydroplane reached speeds of 464.44 km/h, breaking the previous ten-year-old record of 458.98 … The post Ken Warby and SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA: Still the world record holder, 40 years later appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

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    Maritime Moustaches

    16 Nov 2017

    Moustaches were big in the late 19th century. Really big. As the wielder of a reasonably large moustache, I thought I might look into the museum’s collection of photographs and see how many and what sorts of moustaches are there. … The post Maritime Moustaches appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

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    Remembering the White Russians

    07 Nov 2017

    One of the things I find most interesting about Australia’s immigration history is how political events and uprisings on the other side of the world can have a flow-on effect and shape our own history. Take for example the October … The post Remembering the White Russians appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

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    The elusive Mrs Cherry

    06 Nov 2017

    I have recently finished reading Umbertina by Helen Barolini (1979), a classic novel about migration and identity as explored through the lives of three generations of Italian-American women. In the 1870s the title character, a Calabrian goatherd, commissions an intricate … The post The elusive Mrs Cherry appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

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    90 years since the Greycliffe ferry disaster

    03 Nov 2017

    The sinking of the Greycliffe ferry on 3 November 1927 remains the most significant accident on Sydney Harbour to date. Forty lives were lost when the ferry collided with the Union Steamship Company’s liner Tahiti. The tragedy had a marked … The post 90 years since the Greycliffe ferry disaster appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

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    Sea Bird: A ghost ship story to shiver yer timbers

    31 Oct 2017

    One of the upsides of the eerie Halloween season is that you can let yourself dwell on the macabre. Even if the rest of the year you envision yourself as a hard-nosed cynic, on Halloween you are allowed to drop … The post Sea Bird: A ghost ship story to shiver yer timbers appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.