Triumphs and Tragedies – Shipwrecks in the Furneaux Group - Furneaux Islands Festival
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Triumphs and Tragedies – Shipwrecks in the Furneaux Group


3 Oct 2020 – 30 April 2021
Furneaux Museum
Fowlers Rd Emita

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).

More info : Visit website