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The Fleet in the international spotlight

Sydney Maritime Museum, home of Sydney Heritage Fleet had two mentions in the 4th Quarter 2016 Newsletter of the International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM). The first was a short … Continue reading


SS Our Elsie – A tough timber trade workhorse

Shipwright, Alfred William Morrow Settree (1877-1957), built the SS Our Elsie, at Camden Haven, New South Wales, in 1908, for the purpose of transporting timber between the Bellinger River, Nambucca … Continue reading


Vale Warwick Turner

On Monday, 20 June 2016, Warwick Turner, the principal founder of today’s Sydney Heritage Fleet, crossed the bar at the age of 74. The news of Warwick’s passing in Echuca, … Continue reading


A real can of worms

  HMS Implacable entering Sydney Harbour, December 1945 By Brian Hawkins     –     In memory of Royal Marine Arthur Lasson, 1922- 2008 Over the last 60 years or … Continue reading


What’s in a Word

There’s been interest around the Fleet recently in the origin of maritime terms. Captain David Wharington has been doing his research and here he tells us . . .  WHAT IS A … Continue reading


As it used to be done

Not entirely sure of the provenance of this picture but it is believed to have been taken in Calcutta in the 1940s. It is such a remarkable picture that it … Continue reading


Tragic events off the coast of Brazil

Research can often take unexpected turns. Bill Bourke of our editorial team wrote a series of articles for the print edition of Australian Sea Heritage about the life at sea … Continue reading


The Signalman’s Alphabet

Voyages aboard Sydney Heritage Fleet’s 1874 Barque James Craig often include a musical element. In the early voyages of the restored ship, crew member James Parbery – Jimmy Parbuckle is his musical name … Continue reading


A UK tribute to the Fleet

A press clipping came our way recently, a little dogeared – it dates from 2011 – from the UK magazine The Spectator. Columnist Matthew Parris was visiting Australia and found himself … Continue reading


We’ve celebrated 50 years : 1965 – 2015

Sydney Maritime Museum began life in 1965 with the wonderfully descriptive name – Lady Hopetoun & Port Jackson Marine Steam Museum. ‘LadyHopetoun’ the very first vessel in the Museum’s fleet … Continue reading

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MV Babinda – a Coastal Trader

WILLIAM BOURKE In the magazine Australian Sea Heritage No.102, the author chronicled the World War II Merchant Navy service of his father-in-law Captain Ronald Charles Pratt with the Australasian United Steam … Continue reading


Welcome to A.S.H online

Australian Sea Heritage has gone digital It wasn’t an easy transition for old journos and people who still read on paper, but needs must and when it came time for us … Continue reading

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An Invitation

Members, and anyone else who has been involved with the Sydney Heritage Fleet are most welcome to send along words and pictures describing their experiences or memories with the Fleet. There’s … Continue reading

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A Mystic Winter

Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, USA, is one of the finest maritime museum experiences to be had in the world. But they do it tough in a hard northern hemisphere winter. These two … Continue reading


Fleet People – Mori Flapan

Mori Flapan joined the Museum in 1971 and was highly active in the Fleet until 1994, then scaled back to writing articles about the museum’s ships, preparing stability documentation, assisting … Continue reading

02/01/2016 · Leave a comment
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