FASCINATING INSIGHT into the NAVAL and MARITIME HISTORY OF TOWNSVILLE

HMAS Townsville

One of the most exciting events planned for the Museum will be the permanent berthing of the patrol boat HMAS Townsville at the museum. Gifted by the Department of Defence, the vessel will provide a unique attraction for visitors, local sea cadets, and associated personnel.

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Yongala

HMAS TOWNSVILLE

A Fremantle class patrol boat globally unique

Yongala

SS Yongala lost in 1911 a shocking maritime tragedy

Yongala

WOMANS WAR 2

We were only young girls, and charged with the nations safety

Welcome to the Maritime Museum of Townsville

In 2001, the museum opened its doors to the public after a year of extensive refurbishment. With Commonwealth Centenary of Federation funding, the resulting 'ship complex' has attracted a great deal of community support. Located on the southern bank of Ross Creek, the boardwalk overlooks the Townsville Motorboat and Yacht Club, while the entrance gate opens out onto Palmer Street's inviting coffee and restaurant strip.

The original museum was begun by the Townsville Harbour Board which is now the Port of Townsville Ltd. Shortly after this the Seafarers Association assumed responsibility to ensure the safe keeping of local maritime cultural history. It was located in the Pier Master's office between berths 4 and 6 at the Townsville port.

To allow for the expanding collection and ease of public access, the building was relocated in 1992 to where it stands today. This was made possible through the generosity of the community, Port of Townsville and Townsville City Council, who remain the museum's major sponsors.

Following the arrival of the Bay Rock lighthouse, the new 'Seafarers' Gallery was opened in 1994. The museum continues to grow.

The new complex opened in August 2001 and has attracted many local, regional and international visitors.

Maritime Museum