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Pilot Vessel John Oxley and its other role

William Bourke, Curator, Maritime Records and Research Centre, Sydney Heritage Fleet The Sydney Maritime Museum, home of Sydney Heritage Fleet, acquired John Oxley in 1970 after the ship was decommissioned … Continue reading


The Jean Bart Replica

Mori Flapan writes from France: In December 2018 we visited the building site of the Jean Bart replica at Gravelines near Dunkerque, France. This project reminded me so much of … Continue reading


A sail on Schooner ‘Pioneer’ – New York

Jan Larsen, Sydney Heritage Fleet member and volunteer guide, tells of sailing on the 1885 Schooner Pioneer on New York Harbour in June 2018 On a Sunday afternoon in June … Continue reading


‘The way we were’ – Part 2: Plotting old Steamers

Once the embryonic ‘Lady Hopetoun group’ actually existed it was time to look at old steamers and to plot and dream. All of the illustrated ships were discussed and some … Continue reading


‘The way we were’ – Part 1: By way of introduction

Graeme Andrews writes: The Lady Hopetoun & Port Jackson Marine Steam Museum was officially incorporated on  December 3, 1965.  Just over one month later the subject of its intentions, Steam Launch … Continue reading



… reconnecting with the important photo used in the restoration of James Craig In June 2018, as a guide on the Sydney Heritage Fleet’s tall ship James Craig, I was … Continue reading


The ‘Ship Savers’

The Old Ships Company, a Tasmanian operation, which has amply demonstrated its passion for restored ships around the world, is developing a series of TV programs aimed at capturing the … Continue reading


Sydney Heritage Fleet looks to its future

After 50-plus years, Sydney Heritage Fleet is looking ahead to the future, a move triggered by the hoped-for move of the SHF operational fleet to a new Maritime Heritage Precinct … Continue reading


A find on the Danube

John Crawford, another of Australian Sea Heritage’s print edition contributors is travelling in Europe. He came across a unique museum in a small town on the banks of the Danube. … Continue reading


The voyage of HMS HERALD

A telephone call from one of our excellent past contributors to the print edition of Australian Sea Heritage, Ron Stannus, sent us back to the magazine’s archives seeking out a particular … Continue reading


Karlskrona Naval Museum, Sweden

SHF volunteer and guide, Jan Larsen and her husband, visited the Karlskrona Naval Museum in Sweden in July 2017, during an overseas trip. Jan reports on the visit and her … Continue reading


Art at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

Sydney Heritage Fleet’s Maritime Records and Research Centre Curator, Bill Bourke, is an artist in his spare time. At the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show Bill exhibited a recent painting … Continue reading


Alice Austen’s house & Clan Macleod

At a meeting in March 2017 of the Executive Council of the International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM) at Mystic Seaport, USA, Council members Alan Edenborough from Sydney Heritage Fleet … Continue reading


Mori Flapan’s exciting New Zealand finds

Mori Flapan began a discussion on his group website ‘Maritime Downunder’ about finds during his travels in New Zealand. Mori writes – 12 April 2017: “While touring around New Zealand … Continue reading


What a view!

Passengers and crew aboard Sydney Heritage Fleet’s restored 1874 barque James Craig had a stunning view of the early stage of the 2016 Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Boxing Day … Continue reading

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