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For pirates, mermaids and other nautical creatures
Fremantle Ports Maritime Day returns for a fun-filled action-packed family day from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 12 November 2016. Maritime Day takes place at Victoria Quay, inside the historic B Shed and on the water. The aim is to inform the public about the port, the maritime industry and maritime careers.

Fremantle Ports Maritime Day, Fremantle, Fremantle Port, WA Maritime Museum
Free boat rides will be available on Maritime Day

This year, there are a host of new features and exhibitions as well as familiar favourites from past years. Children will be well catered for with a maritime dress up and fancy dress competition, art workshops, face painting and a full program of entertainment from local schools. The Fremantle Sailing Club's Pipes and Drums will be playing along with quayside marching displays. Children will also have the opportunity to win a laptop in a quiz competition about Maritime Day exhibitors.

Fremantle Ports Maritime Day, Fremantle, Fremantle Port, WA Maritime Museum
The Western Australian Maritime Museum

Entry to the Western Australian Maritime Museum will be by a gold coin donation for the day. This includes creating a sea creature digital animation activity for children, and a free 'Behind the Scenes' look at vintage boats in A Shed.

HMAS Sheean

There's plenty more happening throughout the day including:

  • The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean will be berthed at Victoria Quay.

  • Japanese percussion ensemble, Taiko On, will perform traditional festival drumming in a variety of styles.

  • Rolls-Royce will be exhibiting an underwater thruster weighing about three tonnes. This large piece of machinery is not normally seen onshore.

  • Artists in residence from David Giles and the Freedom School of Art will be painting maritime / water themes along the waterfront.

  • There will be a maritime-themed fashion show.

  • A bicycle similar to one used by port messenger boys in the 1960s will be on display.

  • The City of Fremantle's Tiny Park, or parklet - a moveable public seating and garden area - will be on display

  • Historian and storyteller Mike Lefroy will lead a free 40-minute walking tour explaining the history of Victoria Quay.

  • Henderson-based company Austal will display a number of scale models of ships they have built.

  • Coogee Surf Club will display their Tube Rescue and Board Rescue.

  • St John Ambulance will have a First Aid Awareness display with an ambulance tour, CPR demonstrations, bandage and sling demonstrations, and their mascot Kura the Paramedic Bear.

  • The sailing training ship, Leeuwin, the Duyfken replica and a Svitzer tug will be open for visits, and the James Fisher Submarine Rescue Service will have an LR5 submersible open for viewing.

  • Free boat rides on the harbour will be on offer.

  • Australian Border Force will demonstrate their mobile x-ray and detection units.

  • Fremantle Ports will have an exhibition of historical photographs.

  • Forty information booths in B Shed will display maritime-related exhibitions.

  • The Fremantle Harbour Classic yacht race presented by the Fremantle Sailing Club will start at 1pm.

    Fremantle Ports Maritime Day, Fremantle, Fremantle Port, WA Maritime Museum
    Japanese percussion ensemble, Taiko On, will perform traditional festival drumming

    The Royal Australian Navy will be having a cook-off with Fremantle Ports and for a gold coin donation to charity, you can sample their produce. Food will also be available to buy at nearby cafes, the E Shed Markets' food court and a number of pop-up food stalls.

    So take the opportunity to enjoy a fun-packed program of entertainment while exploring Victoria Quay at Maritime Day this Saturday.
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    Why? A free fun-packed family day
    When: 10am - 4pm on Saturday 12 November
    Phone: 9430 3555
    Where: Victoria Quay, Fremantle Port
    Cost: Gold coin donation
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