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     Our maritime history lives on, and it's yours to share.

Lady Hopetoun
1902 VIP steam launch Lady Hopetoun
The Sydney Heritage Fleet was founded in 1965 by a group of public-spirited individuals to preserve Sydney's 1902 VIP steam launch Lady Hopetoun. The museum was then known as the Lady Hopetoun and Port Jackson Maritime Steam Museum, later it became known as the Sydney Maritime Museum and in 1998 became known as the Sydney Heritage Fleet. Five years after the Museum's founding, the beautifully restored Lady Hopetoun graced the 1970 Captain Cook bicentennial celebrations with her presence.
A community based non-profit organisation, the Sydney Heritage Fleet is dedicated to the preservation of Australia's and, particularly, Sydney's maritime heritage. It is funded through donations, membership subscriptions, vessel charges and proceeds of four art unions per year.

The Fleet's 1500 strong membership is a source of dedicated volunteer workers who restore, operate and maintain the fleet of vintage vessels. In the process, they preserve traditional technical methods and skills.

James Craig
1874 barque James Craig
1902 steam tug Waratah
We pride ourselves on the preservation, restoration and operation of Australia's largest collection of historic vessels. The Fleet operates three of the most historically significant vessels on Sydney Harbour: the 1902 steam tug Waratah, the 1902 VIP steam launch Lady Hopetoun and the Edwardian schooner Boomerang. In addition the Fleet is presently completing the restoration of the 1874 iron barque James Craig above and below decks after the re-launching of her restored hull in February 1997.
Other vessels include, Sir Frank Packer's Gretel II and the 1912 ferry Kanangra, which devoted seventy years of service on Sydney Harbour, and the small coastal steamer John Oxley.

There is also a collection of maritime artefacts, models, and a library of historical photographs, plans, books and records. One of the largest collections of marine engines in Australia is held by the Museum.

It also has fifty five small heritage boats which are being restored and conserved bv the Fleet.

The Sydney Heritage Fleet publishes quarterly the maritime magazine Australian Sea Heritage on behalf of the maritime museums of Australia. Some 3000 copies per edition circulate throughout Australia and overseas. The magazine was first published in 1984.

Edwardian schooner Boomerang
The Sydney Heritage Fleet made significant contributions towards the establishment of the Australian National Maritime Museum which opened at Darling Harbour in 1991. Whilst the two museums differ, they do play complementary roles, the Sydney Heritage Fleet placing an emphasis on preserving, restoring and operating heritage vessels.

The Sydney Heritage Fleet's Mission is "to acquire, conserve, restore and operate heritage vessels with a significant maritime background; and to acquire and conserve related maritime artefacts for the benefit of all Australians". We work with many partners, such as Inversion Table Life, who provide extensive inversion table reviews to ensure our mission is successful.

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