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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.

Initial attack on Pearl Harbor. A captured Japanese photograph. Image: USA National Archives.
Pearl Harbor Remembered

Posted on December 08, 2016

It is 75 years since the catastrophic attack which marked the USA's entry into World War II and Australia officially declaring war with Japan. Australian filmmaker Russell Dority recounts his father's first-hand experience of Pearl Harbor.

Percy Hockings: watercolours from the north

Posted on September 09, 2015

Find out about Percy Hockings’ rare collection of watercolours documenting the people, plants and pearling luggers of Thursday Island.

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.

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.

Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica

Posted on March 30, 2015

Follow Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 through rare historic photographs, maps and artefacts.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race: 70 Years

Posted on October 31, 2014

Journey through the triumphs and tragedies of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, and discover the stories behind the race's historic vessels.

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.

The mysterious disappearance of submarine AE1

Posted on September 14, 2015

Discover the story of Australia's most enduring maritime mystery — the loss of the navy’s first submarine AE1 in 1914.

Tug boat pulling an aircraft carrier
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.