The Asturias

Built in Belfast by Harland and Wolff, the Asturias was the largest motor ship built at that time. Launched on the 7th July 1925, she could carry 410 first class, 232 second class and 768 third class passengers. In October 1939 the Asturias was converted into an armed merchant cruiser for use on patrol in […]

The Orion

With a keel of 31 meters in length, the Orion was the largest wooden steamship built in Tasmania. Miss Amelia Holyman broke a bottle on her bows and christened her “Orion” on the 20th June 1900. Unfortunately, the ship refused to move down the slipway and it wasn’t until five days later when hard grease […]

The Dahlia Festival

On the 14th of April 1955 a public meeting was held at the Devonport Town Hall to consider holding a floral festival in Devonport. It had been suggested that various activities take place over a week, and that these activities be sponsored by various organisations and community groups of the town. A committee was formed to meet monthly and to decide how the […]

The Ritz

Opened by the Devonport Fish Supply Company and managed by Mr G. Smith, The Ritz was opened to provide “dainty fish suppers”1 after the pictures. Luncheons were also available. The freshness of the fish, the cleanliness and pleasantness of the surroundings, and the exemplary service at private tables were advertised as markers of the business. […]

The Bass Trader

The Bass Trader By Leah Johnson Designed by the Australian Shipbuilding Board to the requirements of the Australian National Line, the Bass Trader was built in NSW by the Newcastle State Dockyard and completed in 1961. She was 1824 tons and unique in that she was Australian’s first roll on, roll off vehicle/container ship, opening […]

Macro Monday Series: Week 9

During our Macro Mondays Series we share a macro shot of something in our collection on Mondays for you to guess. We then give you the answer on Wednesdays. Then, our Curator Jaydeyn, tells you a bit about the item in detail on Thursdays. This is a fantastic way for you to get to know […]

Macro Monday Series: Week 8

During our Macro Mondays Series we share a macro shot of something in our collection on Mondays for you to guess. We then give you the answer on Wednesdays. Then, our Curator Jaydeyn, tells you a bit about the item in detail on Thursdays. This is a fantastic way for you to get to know […]

Macro Monday Series: Week 7

During our Macro Mondays Series we share a macro shot of something in our collection on Mondays for you to guess. We then give you the answer on Wednesdays. Then, our Curator Jaydeyn, tells you a bit about the item in detail on Thursdays. This is a fantastic way for you to get to know […]

Captain Woodget and his Collie Dogs on the Cutty Sark

Today we have another blog post from one of our volunteer guides, Jill Grevatt. Jill helped develop and then played an integral part in our Trim Toddler Tale Time series (to be released very soon!). We hope you like her take on the very interesting Captain Woodget of the Cutty Sark. From 1885 to 1995 […]

SS Nieuw Amsterdam

Today we have a blog post from one of our volunteer guides, Eddy Utberg. “Helping out at the Devonport Maritime Museum as a volunteer is one of my favourite hobbies” he says.  In between guiding you can often find Eddie looking through our maritime library, reading and reminiscing a life at sea. He has chosen […]