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.

ANMM is now on Twitter

25 Jun 2010

We’ve been excited by the amount of interest generated by HMAS Vampire’s move to Garden Island for refit and restoration work. In the last few days our Twitter followers have tweeted about spotting the majestic vessel gliding through the harbour and enquired as to her whereabouts.

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HMAS Vampire Ventures Out For Refit

17 Jun 2010

HMAS Vampire, our former Royal Australian Navy destroyer left her berth from alongside the Australian National Maritime Museum on Wednesday morning at 10am. She made her way to Thales Dockyard, Garden Island under tow where she is set to undergo an extensive three week docking and refit.

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What’s in a ship painting?

25 May 2010

Ship portraits can be rather tedious to some. They usually only convey something of interest to those who know particular details about the ship’s construction.

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Voyage Summary

14 May 2010

Well Endeavour is now home at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Since the beginning of April the ship has travelled over 650 nautical miles, over half of which has been under sail (353nm). We have welcomed and sailed with over five hundred people on three overnight experiences, four day sails and three offshore voyages. Our professional crew of sixteen souls has had a blast and we’d like to thank everyone for making our jobs so easy to enjoy. Huzzah!

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Overnight Experience 2 – Joseph Banks’ Adventures in Botany 3rd/4th April 2010

06 Apr 2010

Having reached Watsons Bay, we turned back and finally arrived at our mooring in Athol Bight.  The voyage crew were then able to take refuge on the mess deck for the first talk from one of two guest speakers from the Royal Botanic Gardens. Catherine Wardrop, a botanical illustrator, spoke about the skill and detail involved when recording botanical specimens and the work done by Sydney Parkinson, one of the artists on Cook’s Endeavour. She also discussed the publication of ‘The Florilegium’ of Cook, Banks and Parkinson, a portfolio of botanical illustrations from the Endeavour voyage.

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HMB Endeavour adventure begins

31 Mar 2010

29 March 2010: The museum’s HMB Endeavour Adventure Sails are about to begin! We have a full crew ready and waiting. Well not really waiting… we’re busily preparing the ship for cast off.
We’ve been preparing for months – developing a diverse sailing program and signing up more than 450 paying voyage crew keen to learn all about life on an 18th century sailing ship.

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