Since the late 1700s all manner of seafarers have braved Bass Strait. Sealers, whalers, convicts and immigrants have faced biting winds, wild seas and – above all – the unknown. Uncharted reefs and shoals, strong currents and unknown tides made conditions perilous.
Since the Sydney Cove in 1797, over a hundred ships have come to grief in Bass Strait, taking their crew and cargo to the bottom of the sea.
But sometimes – through bravery, another’s self-sacrifice, or sheer luck – some shipwreck victims managed to survive.
This exhibition tells the stories of four ships wrecked in the Furneaux Islands in eastern Bass Strait: the Brittomart (1839), the Governor Phillip (1848), the George Marshall (1862) and the G.W.Wolff (1912).
The museum is operated by volunteers. It is open every afternoon in summer/autumn, weekends in winter/spring, and by appointment. Current opening hours can be found on the website or by phoning the museum at any time.
Admission is payable by cash or direct deposit (no cards).