Maritime Archaeology

Screenshot from the PS 'Herald' VR experience
The PS 'Herald' VR Experience: Seven students, one virtual dive
James Hunter (left) and Kieran Hosty use baseline-offset mapping to record the hull structure in South Australian's bow
Bound for 'South Australian': South Australia's oldest known shipwreck found
Black and white photograph of a ship
Digitising our history: The tragedy of SS Federal
Under Southern Skies exhibition entry
Long way from the River
Ghost net turtle in the water of Erub Island. Image: Erub Arts.
Ghost nets
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). © Commonwealth of Australia (GBRMPA) by A. Denzin
Connected to Sea Country


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Ocean Science

A discarded motorbike transforms from trash to treasure by creating habitat for small fish and invertebrate growth in the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve off Manly
Submerged secrets: Life thrives beneath Sydneys waterways
Dead Reef - Underwater Earth by Christophe Bailhache
Ocean Defenders
Five easy ways to go plastic-free
Left to right: Monga Khan AUSSIE and Gladys Sym Choon AUSSIE posters by Peter Drew, 2020. National Maritime Collection, reproduced courtesy the artist
The art of making: New immigration acquisitions
We Are Many - Stories of Australia's Migrants
One of the Las Balsas rafts at sea, with the other two rafts in the background, 1973. Photograph by John Carnemolla. Image reproduced courtesy Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
Las Balsas: The world's longest raft journey
Signals winter 2019


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Historic Vessels

This humble fishing trawler led a double life during World War II as part of Operation Jaywick. Image: Andrew Frolows/ANMM.
Operation Jaywick
The second pilot steamer  Captain Cook (II) was designed by W D Cruikshank and built at Mort’s Dock & Engineering Company in 1892. Used as a naval training ship during World War II, it was scuttled off Sydney in October 1947. Photographed c 1920 by William James Hall. ANMM Collection ANMS1092[015] Gift from Mr and Mrs Glassford
'Not all beer and skittles': Sydney Harbour pilotage
Kay Cottee - Steering Blackmores First Lady with foot across the Pacific Ocean. ANMM Collection, reproduced courtesy Kay Cottee.
Seclusion at Sea

Arts & Culture

The first known image of Jeanne Baret, from 1816. From Navigazioni di Cook del grande oceano e intorno al globo, Volume 2, 1816, Sonzogono e Comp, Milano. Reproduced courtesy State Library of NSW
The extraordinary circumnavigation of Jeanne Baret
Women in their swimming costumes on the beach at Lindeman Island, Queensland, Christmas 1928
Frolicking and Fossicking: Touring the Great Barrier Reef in 1928
Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here?
Unpacking objects for the Bligh exhibition. Registrar Anupa Shah and conservator Nick Flood carefully unpack the new acquisitions from their crate upon arrival.


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Behind the scenes tour of the Australian National Maritime Museum with Assistant Director Michael Harvey


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