The Register features over 600 historic vessels, with background information on designers, builders and owners.

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SY Ena

 

SY ENA is an Edwardian steam yacht built in Australia and one of only three that remain extant in the country.

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Lady Hopetoun

Lady Hopetoun

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John Louis

John Louis

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MB172

MB 172

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Silver Cloud

Silver Cloud

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Mayflower

Mayflower

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Thistle

Thistle

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Magnus Halvorsen (1918–2015)

07 Aug 2015

A generation of a family known for their classic wooden boat building in Australia has now come to an end with the passing of Magnus Halvorsen late in July, a month short of his 97th birthday. He was born in Norway, but migrated to Australia (via South Africa) as a child in 1925 with his mother, four brothers and two sisters.

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Warwick Hood AO 1932–2015

15 Jul 2015

Naval architect Warwick Hood AO passed away at Erina on the NSW Central Coast early in July, shortly before his 83rd birthday. To the general public and the yachting scene in particular he was well recognised and highly respected as the designer of Australia’s second America’s Cup challenger, the International 12-Metre class yacht Dame Pattie. This design was very significant in its own right, but was a part of Hood’s long career in naval architecture that was also filled with remarkably varied work that reflects wide interests along with an ability to manage diverse marine projects.

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Oysters and their punts

05 Jun 2015

Oysters – a first choice on the menu for many people, and while enthusiasts have their favourite coastal spot that they swear has the best specimens, remember that someone has to do the hard work of farming them in shallow water. And for this they need a boat.

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MMAPSS travel to regional NSW

31 Mar 2015

Every year the museum awards various grants through its Maritime Museums of Australia Support Scheme (MMAPSS). These can take the form of financial assistance or in kind support, for which museum staff travel to the institution involved.

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Making connections in Goolwa

02 Mar 2015

Goolwa, South Australia – 30 odd degrees and rising. Six of us from the museum were heading toward this wonderful town, having flown in from Sydney. After a detour to Port Adelaide to see the hull of the composite construction clipper ship City of Adelaide, we drove south.

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Sydney to Hobart: a past and a present winner

22 Dec 2014

It’s another afternoon of chaotic, stormy weather as I put these words together. It reminds me of a simple thing the late Trygve Halvorsen said to me not long ago about the Sydney to Hobart race: ‘You have to finish to win it’.

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After 82 years, still cruising the Southern Oceans

05 Aug 2014

Going through the museum’s archives I came across an old photo album featuring a yacht and two men photographed during the 1930s – nothing unexpected for a maritime museum’s collection. Little did I know that I would fall in love with the boat’s story.

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