Read detailed stories behind our objects, our exhibitions, and explorations into maritime science and archaeology.

Ghost net turtle in the water of Erub Island. Image: Erub Arts.

Ghost nets

30 Jan 2019

Sculptures made from abandoned fishing nets weave a message of sustainability

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Spirit figures from Arnhem Land

14 Feb 2018

A contemporary Aboriginal artwork has links to the cosmology of the people of Arnhem Land and to their relationships with their Makassan neighbours from Indonesia.

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Container

01 Nov 2017

The box that changed the world. Seaborne trade accounts for 90% of all global trade and it relies on a humble steel box. Do you know the story behind this revolution?

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Lucky Ship

16 Oct 2017

USS Helm was the ‘The Galloping Ghost of the Queensland Coast’ during World War II, earning 11 battle stars with no casualties or injuries to her crew.

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Pompeii and the Roman Navy

04 Apr 2017

A heroic ancient rescue attempt: How Pliny the Elder led the Roman navy on a voyage to save the people of Pompeii during the cataphoric eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.

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