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Maritime History in Melbourne

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published August 8th 2016
Land Ahoy These Maritime attractions are a must see
If you are a history buff, interested in maritime or both then this list is for you!

The List below includes Maritime History attractions across Melbourne and surrounds:

1. The Maritime Trust of Australia
Where: Gem Pier, Williamstown
When: Every Weekend & Public Holidays: 10am-5pm
Cost: Adults: $6pp, Children: $3pp - children under 4 free & Family of four: $15.
Details: HMAS Castlemaine is one of 60 Australian Minesweepers, later known as corvettes, which were built as part of the Commonwealth's wartime building programme to increase strength of the Royal Australian Navy. The HMAS Castlemaine was the third of eight corvettes constructed at Williamstown Dockyard in Melbourne, she was laid down in February 1941 and launched in August, then commissioned for navel service in June 1942. There is plenty of history surrounding this attraction and it is certainly worth a visit to the Museum. Visitors can inspect HMAS Castlemaine, watch the original engines turn, view restored equipment, explore the exhibits, traverse the guns, ring bells and use the voicepipes. There are guided tours available too, which are a great way to learn more about her history and equipment! Click here for website.



2. Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre
Where: 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown
When: Wednesday- Sunday: 11am-3pm
Cost: Gold donation.
Details: This exciting centre is an indoor and outdoor space where you can see a maritime collection with large displays of ship models, ship bells, books, prints, navigation equipment, plaques, marine equipment and the World War Honour board as well as learning about marine history. Click here for website.

3. Mission to Seafarers
Where: 717 Flinders St, Docklands
When: Weekends: 10am-4pm
Cost: Free
Details: The mission to Seafarers building is of historical significance and is one of the few remaining examples of Melbourne's Maritime History. The building was built in 1917 and will be soon celebrating 100 years! The centre is also famous for its Saint Peter the Mariner Chapel and the Norla Dome. Tours are available. Click here for website.
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Why? Explore the maritime history of Melbourne
When: All year round
Where: See above for all details
Cost: Free & ticketed attractions - check above
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