Bass Strait Maritime Centre

Tag: Maritime history

Three Burgess vessels in Mersey River

The Burgess Family

The Burgess family is one of Tasmania’s best-known seafaring families.  Richard Burgess, a Devonshire seafarer, came to the colonies in the early 1800s and set

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


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

Piner’s Punts

Piner’s punts are a uniquely Tasmanian small boat, built to get men and equipment into the forests of the south and west coasts of Tasmania.

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 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