Bass Strait Maritime Centre

Tag: History

Mining on the West Coast

In 1883, the first pegging of the Mount Lyell fields took place when three gold diggers staked a 50-acre claim in what is now known


William Aikenhead was born in Launceston in 1842.  As a young man he worked for an insurance company, before joining the Examiner newspaper where his

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

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

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.