Discover stories behind the latest exhibitions, fascinating explorations into maritime science and archaeology, and the surprising details of what happens inside (and outside) a modern working museum.

MV Krait and crew remembered on 11th November 2010 at the ANMM

16 Nov 2010

Horrie Young, radio operator on the Krait for Operation Jaywick (1943) whose mission was to sink Japanese vessels in Singapore Harbour, met with students from Amaroo School, ACT, for a Q&A session about his experiences. At one point he recounted how a Japanese patrol came very close to the Krait, but at the last minute turned away, much to the relief of the crew as they had determined they would blow up the boat rather than be captured. The explosives were only 18” from Horrie’s nose. The Krait continued to Singapore Harbour where it successfully attached limpet mines to Japanese vessels, sending seven to the bottom of the ocean.

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Q: What was HMAS Inverell?

15 Nov 2010

A: One of 60 Bathurst class minesweepers built in Australian shipyards during the Government’s World War II shipbuilding program.  Inverell seems an odd name for a warship, doesn’t it?  Well, the corvettes – as the class was more often called – were named after Australian regional cities and towns.

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Australian National Maritime Museum

Illustrated London News archive

21 Sep 2010

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive is now available online in the Vaughan Evans Library.  Covering the entire run of the ILN from 14 May 1842 to 2003.  Each page has been digitally reproduced in full colour and every article and caption is full-text searchable.  This illustrated newspaper is a key resource for historical research and  is also a good source for  illustrations of ships and maritime scenes.

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