Digital Stories

Welcome to Digital Stories

Discover the fascinating stories behind the Australian National Maritime Museum’s rich and diverse collections. Explore stories relating to Australia’s maritime heritage as well as our diverse relationship with the sea and waterways.

Sydney’s inverted bow section is illuminated by an ROV during the 2015 survey. Image: WA Museum and Curtin University. Copyright WA Museum.
Into the Abyss

Posted on November 18, 2016

Remembering the naval engagement between HMAS Sydney (II)) and HSK Kormoran seventy-five years on.

Dirk Hartog landing site 1616 at Cape Inscription, Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia. Image: Nicola Bryden / © Copyright Department of the Environment.
A Chance Encounter: Dirk Hartog’s Landing in 1616

Posted on September 19, 2016

Four hundred years ago, Dutch mariner Dirk Hartog (1580–1621) sailed into history when, on 25 October 1616, he made the first documented European landing on the west coast of Australia.

Johnnie and Mehmet. Image: Andrew Frolows / ANMM..
Remembering AE2: Johnnie and Mehmet

Posted on August 19, 2016

'Johnnie and Mehmet', is a striking sculpture which commemorates the engagement between WW1 Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS AE2 and Turkish torpedo boat Sultanhisar.

Captain William Fowler. ANMM Collection: ANMS1397[007].
An Australian Sailor in the Spanish Civil War

Posted on August 02, 2016

William Fowler was an Australian merchant sailor who found himself caught up in the Spanish Civil War, running blockades and rescuing refugees from the Basque region.

The Payne family chronometer.
Longitude: A Story Comes Full Circle

Posted on May 05, 2016

Explore the history of how the measurement of time and distance developed - from tracking the sun to Einstein conceiving his the theory of relativity.

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Windjammer Sailors

Posted on April 27, 2016

The story behind the museum's life-sized bronze sculpture remembering the adventurous Windjammer sailors of the 1930s.

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The Boat in The Beach

Posted on April 27, 2016

The Samuel Wright as one of the earliest ships known to have wrecked in Koombana Bay, Western Australia. Now, a team of archaeologists have excavated the American whaling ship using the latest technology.

Pearl shell decorated with tufts of cassowary feathers by Richard David of Yam Island, Torres Strait. ANMM Collection 00018113.
Living Waters: Shellwork in Indigenous Art and Culture

Posted on March 16, 2016

Discover how traditional Indigenous shellwork techniques are being embraced to explore contemporary reflections about sea, sailing and water.

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Tug Boats: The Loss of the Working Harbour

Posted on February 03, 2016

Powerful little boats with big hearts and heaps of attitude. Explore striking photographs of tug boats hard at work when Sydney Harbour was primarily a place of industry.