Bass Strait Maritime Centre

Category: History

The Thistle

John Drake was a Scottish ship’s carpenter who left his ship in Melbourne and prospected in the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s, before being brought

The Band Rotunda

While the building of a band rotunda was initially suggested in 1907, it wasn’t until 1913 that the idea came to fruition. In order to


Lorinna was built at Grangemouth Dockyard, Grangemouth in Scotland in 1937 for the Holyman Line.  Before she was built a model of the ship was


The Naracoopa, built by E.A. Jack in Launceston in 1940, was a 297 ton auxiliary ketch: that is, she combined both sail and engine.  This

The S.M.H.T. aka the Annie

Built in Auckland in 1879, the Annie, as she was then known, was a 41 ton ketch with a chequered career. In 1895 the Annie

Annie Cocker

Born in 1857 to David and Clara Cocker, Annie was one of eight daughters, two of whom died in infancy, and five sons.  David Cocker was one of the

Shroud cleats in red gum timber

Recreating Cleats

Today’s blogpost is from Gareth Gunn, master rigger of the Julie Burgess: I have been repairing and making wooden blocks for a few years now for Julie Burgess as

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