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.

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Digitising our history: The tragedy of SS Federal

21 Dec 2019

The museum’s Registration team recently digitised 127 documents related to the working life and horrific wrecking of SS Federal. Curator of Ocean Science and Technology Emily Jateff provides an overview of the shipwreck and its discovery. 

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Itata shipwreck - Sydney Harbour

4 surprising shipwrecks of Sydney Harbour

20 Sep 2019

Sydney Harbour is known for its beautiful scenery, ferries, sailing... but did you know that there are several shipwreck sites in the harbour too? Here are the stories of just four that might surprise you!

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: The author (right) and Irini Malliaros from the Silentworld Foundation use ‘old school’ methods to obtain measurements of the Admiralty Old Pattern Long-Shanked Anchor found in the shallows at Boot Reef. Image: Julia Sumerling/Silentworld Foundation.

An anchor’s secrets revealed

07 Mar 2019

In December last year, maritime archaeologists and researchers from the museum and the Silentworld Foundation conducted a shipwreck survey of Boot Reef in the Coral Sea. While searching for the wreck of the Lancashire Lass, they also discovered something at the end of a large, long chain...

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Conducting the photogrammetry survey of M24, using underwater lights. Image: Steve Trewavas.

Recording M24, the Japanese midget submarine

05 Mar 2019

For over 60 years a Japanese midget submarine lay in the waters off Newport, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. In 2017 a high resolution 3D model of M24 was produced, providing an unprecedented level of detail of the wreck. We spoke to the team leader, maritime archaeologist Matt Carter, about this exciting project.

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