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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whale evolution and adaptation

Posted on October 29, 2014

Learn about the evolution of cetaceans, and the discovery that revealed the link between land and sea mammals.

Humpback Whale Calf
Why save whales?

Posted on October 30, 2014

Discover the pivotal role whales play in our ocean ecosystems, as well as the dangers that threaten their survival.

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.