Aerial shot of the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Photographer Mark McNicol
Front Row - left - right: Lady Hopetoun, Protex, Berrima. Middle Row Boomerang, Harman, James Craig. Rear Waratah
Sydney Heritage Fleet volunteers at the Sydney Heritage Fleet shipyard. Photographer - Philip Howe
Sydney Heritage Fleet shipyard
The shipyard. Painting by marine artist Ian Hansen.
James Craig at Sea under full sail (all 21 sails s
Lady Hopetoun (1902) at Bobbin Head
Sydney Maritime Museum Ltd is a corporation, limited by guarantee, “owned” by its members and which trades as Sydney Heritage Fleet. We are a. volunteer based and oriented organisation, and a tax-deductible gift recipient & gratefully acknowledge support from the Australian National Maritime Museum through provision of office and wharf space and from Roads & Maritime Services through the provision of space for our Heritage Docks and Workshop at Rozelle Bay.
The Fleet was founded in December 1965 with the acquisition, of the 1902-built VIP steam launch Lady Hopetoun. Since then we have restored steam tug Waratah (1902), gentleman’s schooner Boomerang, (1903), tall ship James Craig, (1874) the inner-harbour ferry Protex (1908) and the 1960s-built Manly speedboat Kookaburra II.
The Fleet is restoring the 1927 steam driven buoy tender and relief pilot vessel John Oxley and the 1912 Sydney Harbour ferry Kanangra. SHF has a large collection of small boats, fully restored or under restoration.
The Fleet enjoys the services of around 500 active volunteers who, in the past year, have recorded around 120,000 hours of invaluable service to the Fleet. The goals of the Fleet are best expressed by its Mission Statement which reads:
‘To build and maintain an internationally recognised centre of excellence in maritime heritage for the benefit of all Australians by presenting through research, acquisition, conservation, education, restoration and operation, our continuing maritime history’
The Fleet offersmany products of interest to the general public including group tours of our ships and facilities, Individual guided tours of James Craig berthed at Wharf 7, Pyrmont, vessel charters for private harbour tours or for entertaining guests, clients and staff, tours covering scenic and historic areas of interest on the harbour and, indeed under the harbour’s waters.
We welcome new memberships and encourage members to become volunteers in any and all of our areas of activity. More information about who we are and what we do can be found at www.shf.org.au or by phoning us on 02 92983888