Plucky Little Ship

Aurora Plucky Little Ship ANMM

The final remnant of one of Australia's most important vessels: the lifebuoy of the 'Plucky Little Ship' Aurora.

  • Aurora's Final Remnant

    20 June 2017 marked 100 years since the famous polar vessel Aurora left Newcastle, Australia with a cargo of coal, never to be seen again. 

    The museum recently accepted the gift of the ship’s lifebuoy, recovered from the seas six months later. 

    A powerful emblem, with the ghost lettering of its famous Antarctic expeditions on its rim, it acts as a lifeline to all the sailors, whalers, scientists, workers, expeditioners and sealers whose lives, toils and achievements were entwined with it.

    Read the epic story of the vessel that took Australia to Antarctica, then see it in the Tasman Light Gallery until 9 November 2017.

    John Hooke CBESY Aurora LifebuoyAurora alongside the ice off western base by Frank HurleyAurora in Dry Dock cockatoo 1914Aurora Lifeboy BlessingIce on deck  of the Aurora Looking forward from bridgeSLV Aurora Moored on the Ice in AntarcticaSLV Aurora Rescued Party lifebuoy plus dogSLV Aurora Shackleton portraitSLV Aurora Shop Routes AntarcticaSY Aurora Camp on the ross ice shelfSY Aurora Page of a Whaling LogSLV Aurora Exhibition ANMMSLV Aurora Exhibition ANMMSLV Aurora Exhibition ANMMSLV Aurora Exhibition ANMM