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.

Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra’s Mokuy (spirit) sculptures Gapu-Monuk Saltwater Journey to Sea Country, November 2017. Image: Andrew Frolows/ANMM.
Spirit figures from Arnhem Land

Posted on February 15, 2018

A contemporary Aboriginal artwork has links to the cosmology of the people of Arnhem Land and to their relationships with their Makassan neighbours from Indonesia.

39 foot gaff cutter AKARANA. ANMM Collection 00001600. Image: Andrew Frolows/ANMM.
Australian Sailing

Posted on December 04, 2017

How the playful forces of wind and sea led to world sporting domination.

HMAS Armidale in Port Moresby. Courtesy Australian War Memorial.
The sinking of HMAS Armidale

Posted on December 01, 2017

HMAS Armidale's (I) wartime service in the Royal Australian Navy lasted only 173 days before it was sunk off the coast of Timor. Of the 149 sailors and soldiers aboard HMAS Armidale, 49 survived the nightmare which followed.

DP World Australia container terminal, Port Botany, photo Glenn Duffus, 2015. Reproduced courtesy DP World Australia.

Posted on November 01, 2017

The box changed the world. Seaborne trade accounts for 90% of all global trade and it relies on a humble steel box. Do you know the story behind this revolution?

USS Helm alongside USS Makin Island during the Iwo Jima operation, 24 February 1945. Image USN History And Heritage Command.
The Lucky Ship

Posted on October 16, 2017

USS Helm was the ‘The Galloping Ghost of the Queensland Coast’ during World War II, earning 11 battle stars with no casualties or injuries to her crew.

USS Lexington, Naval History and Heritage Command.
The Battle of the Coral Sea

Posted on May 01, 2017

Three navies, four aircraft carriers, 255 aircraft and 76 ships in a four-day battle that changed naval warfare forever. Eight ships sunk, 161 aircraft destroyed and 1622 men killed in a battle that should never be forgotten.

Escape from Pompeii. Image: ANMM.
Pompeii and the Roman Navy

Posted on April 04, 2017

A heroic ancient rescue attempt: How Pliny the Elder led the Roman navy on a voyage to save the people of Pompeii during the cataphoric eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.

Microplastic particles on a beach. IMAGE: 5GYRES.ORG.
Turning the plastic tide

Posted on March 05, 2017

Plastic is a versatile material we've embraced for 70 years and it's choking life in our oceans. By 2025, the oceans could contain one tonne of plastic rubbish for every three tonnes of fish.

The explosion of the MV Neptuna and clouds of smoke from oil storage tanks. In the foreground is HMAS Deloraine, which escaped damage.
Bombing of Darwin

Posted on February 19, 2017

Remembering 75 years since the Bombing of Darwin - the first attack by Japanese forces on the Australian mainland after Australia had officially declared war on Japan in 1941.