Maritime Museum

15 May

We have driven past this museum so many times and always said, “One day we should visit that museum”

…well “one day” finally came.

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There was a LOT more to see than I had imagined,

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including Jessica Watson‘s “Ella’s Pink Lady”.

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Many of the boats were open to explore, except this gorgeous steamer called “Forceful”.  She was my favourite.

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The grand exhibit was, of course, the HMAS Diamantina.

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There was so much to explore on the ship.  You need several hours to see everything properly.

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The boys’ favourite feature of the ship was their guns.  Brayden was under the impression that it would actually fire.  Yes, he had his fingers in his ears.  Hehehe.

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We eventually convinced him it was safe and both boys enjoyed rotating and raising the guns.

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If you do intend to visit the museum leave your prams, heels and short skirts at home!

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You’ll be squeezing through small spaces,

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and up and down lots of steep ladders.

Of course that’s half the fun for kids.

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There were so many interesting rooms and places to explore on the ship.

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Some places were a little treacherous but that just added to the fun.

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Apparently there were 160 marines on this ship yet I didn’t count anywhere near enough beds, even if only a third were sleeping at a time.

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There were even less showers and toilets….around tenish maybe

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…and hopefully there aren’t more than three sick folk at a time!

I wouldn’t enjoy living under those conditions.

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I just loved the little curtains on this single porthole.  There must have been a woman on board.  That’s the only way I could explain it.  Hehehe.

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You can also climb the many steps down to the dry docks below the ship.  That was awesome!!  The pictures don’t do the grand scale justice.

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There not a whole lot holding up that ship…aside from my three super heroes, and a few cement stacks topped with a couple of planks of wood

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Last year this whole area (yes, the dry dock too) was under water during Brisbane’s 2011 floods.  The clean up would have been a mammoth task.

(This is Brayden standing in a building alongside the ship and you can see the 2011 flood marker above him).

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For the next month or so there is also a very small Titanic display at the museum.

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This is the only ‘authentic’ Titanic piece of memorabilia.  It’s a book that belonged to Edith Brown who was on the Titanic when she was 15.  She took this little book with her on the lifeboat.  The water stain happened when a man jumped into their boat from the ship. Edith Brown lived in Brisbane for a period during her 100 year life so her story was rather interesting for us.

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If you happen to be going past the Maritime Museum (it’s at the very far end of Southbank near the Goodwill Bridge) we highly recommend a bit of a visit.  We thoroughly enjoy our visit and would happily visit again.  🙂

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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Field Trips, History


4 responses to “Maritime Museum

  1. Jen

    May 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    We went there when we lived in Queensland! The boys loved it. I left the climbing around the ship to the boys and Hubby! I had a two year old at the time as an excuse 🙂

  2. Tracey

    May 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    They need to hire out two year olds then to save the mummies who don’t have them. I even had a skirt on (long though) and I wasn’t exempt. Lucky mummies of boys are used to these sorts of things. Heheheh. The places I can go in a skirt…well it’s quite a talent you get to master over time.

  3. Shelley

    May 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    We went there a couple of weeks ago & had a great time 🙂

  4. JoAnn

    May 17, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Wow, looks like a great place to visit. So glad you finally made it there. 🙂


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