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Welcome to ASHonline

Australian Sea Heritage has gone digital It wasn’t an easy transition for old journos and people who still read on paper, but needs must and when it came time for us … Continue reading

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An Invitation

ASHonline is for all those with an interest in things maritime, and maritime heritage in particular. We invite contributions. If you want ideas, have a look at the stories already … Continue reading

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A World Beyond

What is a Museum? And what is it for? Hardly new questions, but taking the time to pause, step back and consider those questions will refresh the thinking, expose us … Continue reading


The Sea Beneath

The remarkable career of a senior Qantas aeronautical engineer who, in retirement, has looked down from the skies to the sea beneath On the afternoon of Wednesday 22 July 2020, … Continue reading


Barque James Craig – Full & By

In 2002, two years after 1874 Barque James Craig, salvaged and restored by Sydney Heritage Fleet was recomissioned, Peter Davey, a member of the crew, launched a periodic crew newsletter, … Continue reading


Learning the Ropes

Terminology under sail has evolved over many, many centuries as vessels moved from inland to coastal waters and from there to the seas of the world, expanding experiences, mixing crews … Continue reading


Pilot Vessel John Oxley and her other role

William Bourke, Curator, Maritime Records and Research Centre, Sydney Heritage Fleet The Sydney Maritime Museum, home of Sydney Heritage Fleet, acquired John Oxley in 1970 after the ship was decommissioned … Continue reading


The Jean Bart Replica

Mori Flapan writes from France: In December 2018 we visited the building site of the Jean Bart replica at Gravelines near Dunkerque, France. This project reminded me so much of … Continue reading


A sail on Schooner ‘Pioneer’ – New York

Jan Larsen, Sydney Heritage Fleet member and volunteer guide, tells of sailing on the 1885 Schooner Pioneer on New York Harbour in June 2018 On a Sunday afternoon in June … Continue reading


‘The way we were’ – Part 2: Plotting old Steamers

Once the embryonic ‘Lady Hopetoun group’ actually existed it was time to look at old steamers and to plot and dream. All of the illustrated ships were discussed and some … Continue reading


‘The way we were’ – Part 1: By way of introduction

Graeme Andrews writes: The Lady Hopetoun & Port Jackson Marine Steam Museum was officially incorporated on  December 3, 1965.  Just over one month later the subject of its intentions, Steam Launch … Continue reading



… reconnecting with the important photo used in the restoration of James Craig In June 2018, as a guide on the Sydney Heritage Fleet’s tall ship James Craig, I was … Continue reading


The ‘Ship Savers’

The Old Ships Company, a Tasmanian operation, which has amply demonstrated its passion for restored ships around the world, is developing a series of TV programs aimed at capturing the … Continue reading


Sydney Heritage Fleet looks to its future

After 50-plus years, Sydney Heritage Fleet decided the time was right to look to its future. The move was triggered by the hoped-for move of the SHF operational fleet to … Continue reading


A find on the Danube

John Crawford, another of Australian Sea Heritage’s print edition contributors is travelling in Europe. He came across a unique museum in a small town on the banks of the Danube. … Continue reading


The voyage of HMS HERALD

A telephone call from one of our excellent past contributors to the print edition of Australian Sea Heritage, Ron Stannus, sent us back to the magazine’s archives seeking out a particular … Continue reading


Karlskrona Naval Museum, Sweden

SHF volunteer and guide, Jan Larsen and her husband, visited the Karlskrona Naval Museum in Sweden in July 2017, during an overseas trip. Jan reports on the visit and her … Continue reading

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