Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

Powerhouse Discovery Centre Ships and Boats Open Day Sat 10 November

by Christopher Snelling on 26 Oct 2012
Model of a paddle steamer. Powerhouse Collection. unknown unknown
Ships ahoy! Join us for an open day that delves into the history of ship building, the science of steam and life and death on the high seas! Our program includes informative behind-the-scenes tours to view a selection of rare ship models (see tour details below), a demonstration showing the intricacies of model ship making by Gary Renshaw and talks on the SS Orsova and the Triple Expansion Steam Engine.

We are excited to be hosting a fascinating lecture on the sinking of the RMS Titanic by UNSW Senior Lecturer, Sarah Gregson, and international best-selling author, Kathryn Fox, gives an insight into researching disappearances on cruise liners for her latest crime fiction novel, Cold Grave. Our younger visitors will enjoy learning about nautical knots and getting crafty with our popular marine-themed make-and-do activities.


Unless otherwise specified, all programs are free with general open day admission. The full open day program can be viewed on our website.

Tour Details:

Behind-the-Scenes Museum Tour
Model Ships in the Collection
11.00am, 12.30pm or 2.30pm (Duration: 60 minutes)

$16 adult / $10 concession, members (includes general admission). Spaces are strictly limited to a maximum of 12 participants per tour, pre-booking is essential. Limited to visitors aged 12+ years. Conditions apply.

Model making is a very meticulous process, sometimes taking years to complete one single scale model. Come behind-the scenes to view highlights of the Powerhouse Museum’s extensive, world-class collection of ship models stored at Castle Hill. Highlights of the tour include the Henri Grace a-Dieu, the Kalang, the SS Turbinia, the HMS King George V, the HMS Sirius, the PSS Great Eastern, the HM Bark Endeavour, and the Loch Vennachar, a miniature ship in a bottle. Participants will also have the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the restoration work currently being undertaken on the steel hulled yacht, Ice Bird, and learn about the exciting story of adventurer and Australian explorer, Dr. David Lewis, who purchased Ice Bird in 1972 for his heroic voyage to Antarctica.

Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

PredictWind - One stop shop
PredictWind have taken the bold step of adding government provided forecasts to their award winning forecasting software PredictWind the world leader in forecasting believe that more is better, and have taken the bold step of adding government provided forecasts to their award winning forecasting software.
Posted on 15 Aug
Marine Resources job updates
Marine Resources specialises in providing expert recruitment services to the leisure marine industry worldwide. Marine Resources specialises in providing expert recruitment services to the leisure marine industry worldwide. Jobseekers register your CV now to receive the latest vacancies and be matched to your ideal job. Employers choose from a variety of recruitment options which include a full consultancy service as well as a unique job advertising package.
Posted on 11 Aug
America's Cup - Southern Spars to build AC50 for Emirates Team NZ
Southern Spars has been appointed to build Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran One of the world's leading composite engineering companies, Southern Spars has been appointed to build Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran for the 35th America’s Cup campaign. The move marks a shift away from Cookson Boats who have been Team New Zealand's boatbuilder since 2000. No reasons have been given for the decision to change the builder.
Posted on 24 Jul
Upffront.com - Tuff Luff and Harken Headfoils
Upffront.com is a comprehensive online purchasing platform for performance sailing hardware and rigging systems Upffront.com is a comprehensive online purchasing platform for performance sailing hardware and rigging systems; orders are processed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and we deliver to customers located anywhere in the world.
Posted on 8 Jul
Barz floating sunglasses - Ideal for sailing in rough conditions
Our SAN JUAN floating model fitted with 1.1mm Acetate Lenses have a density of 0.95 GM/ML Barz floating sunglasses float in rough conditions. Most sunglasses that say they float, only float in the bathtub as once they break surface tension (or if there is any movement on top of the water)... down they go...
Posted on 7 Jul
Free $US3,000 Carbon Vang with SouthernFurl boom orders in July
Southern Spars is giving a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount on the price of your boom instead.
Posted on 29 Jun
11th Hour Racing to present at annual Green Sports Alliance Summit
11th Hour Racing is headed to Houston, Texas, to present at the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit 11th Hour Racing is headed to Houston, Texas, to present at the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit, June 28-30, the world’s largest gathering for the sports community around sustainability, including both professional and collegiate sports teams, leagues and venues.
Posted on 25 Jun
PredictWind - Stunning new forecast maps
When developing the Offshore App, we had to rethink maps for offshore sailors. When developing the Offshore App, we had to rethink maps for offshore sailors. The mapping technology was rebuilt to be faster, have smaller downloads and be able to smoothly animate PredictWind’s advanced forecasts. Following the success of the Offshore App, we’re releasing this unique display technology across all other platforms, including the forecast website, Android and iOS Apps
Posted on 24 Jun
Extreme Sailing Series™ partners with Cisco Systems
The global technology company will provide exclusive networking solutions that will transform wireless connectivity The first venue at which members of the public, race officials and sailors will benefit from the Cisco WiFi solutions will be Cardiff – the third Act of the 2016 season – where the action gets underway on the water on 23 June. As an Official Series Supplier, Cisco will provide similar facilities at the remaining Acts of 2016.
Posted on 22 Jun
Volvo Ocean Race makes key changes to its leadership team
The re-shuffle which follows Mark Turner’s appointment as CEO, is aimed at driving innovation of sailing’s offshore race Lawrence is currently Race Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, and arrives with bags of sailing and commercial expertise, having previously managed events in all of the territories that will be visited during the 2017-18 edition.
Posted on 21 Jun