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.

Navigating without instruments

04 Dec 2009

Many objects have fascinating stories and interesting people associated with them that we often don’t get a chance to talk about in detail. None more so than a group of five model canoes and outriggers from various Pacific Islands that I have recently been researching for the museum’s collection.

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A French connection to James Cook

04 Dec 2009

I’ve recently been putting some information together for the museum’s website on a series of charts in the museum’s collection that were made by James Cook and Michael Lane between 1763 and 1768.

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Wreck Reefs expedition: history of the area

04 Dec 2009

Wreck Reefs (022d 11’S/155d 20’E) are a narrow, 18 nautical mile long chain of low lying coral reefs and sand cays – West Island, Hope Cay (Whalebone Cay), Porpoise Cay and Bird Islet. They lie approximately 180 nautical miles NNE of Sandy Cape on the northern tip of Frazer Island, and approximately 230 nautical miles east of Gladstone.

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Two-footer recollections

30 Oct 2009

From the age of five years I was interested in sailing boats. Each Sunday I watched and helped the sailors rig their boats in Mort Bay, Balmain, and as I got older I would be invited to crew in a boat as  the bailer boy, on a windy day.

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