New Maritime Centre in Newcastle
The Newcastle Region Maritime Museum has left Fort Scratchley and its precious cargo of maritime collections has now been installed in a heritage cargo shed at Lee Wharf. Now named the Maritime Centre Newcastle, it is centrally situated on Newcastle's harbour foreshore.
The vision is that it will become a centre of excellence for maritime related education and recreation.
The President of the Newcastle Maritime Museum Society, the Hon. Peter Morris, says, "We have charted a course to become a heritage and tourism beacon for the Hunter region."
"Inside the building we have created world standard exhibitions of the best of our maritime past, something of the present and a selection of future technologies together with appropriate interactive units. We have incorporate the workings of the port in telling the story of the continuing role that seafarers, shipping and the sea has played in the development of our community since 1804."
"Adjacent to the west of the building will be a small boatshed/workshop and to the east a cluster of masts that were a common site in the harbour at the end of the 19th Century. As funds become available, a new wharf will be contructed to accommodate HMAS Newcastle and historic vessels like the James Craig."
The President added, "The Maritime Centre is becoming the hub of the surrounding maritime precinct, a place to experience our harbour and maritime heritage, a place that will be a 'must see' on your visit list."
"As we are a self-funded community organisation, your entry contribution will help us create a Maritime Centre in which we can all take pride."
The centre is open from 10am - 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
The Centre can be booked for functions.
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For more information phone 02 4929 2588. The website is at www.maritimecentrenewcastle.org.au.
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