Thursday, 18 April 2013

Darling Harbour, Australian National Maritime Museum

These two vessels are on permanent display at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. The Commonwealth Lightship 4 Carpentaria, is a floating unmanned lighthouse that was built in 1917. It was anchored in locations where a permanent light could not be built, until it was retired in 1985. The HMAS Advance is a navy patrol boat that was commissioned in 1968 and served out of Darwin, Northern Territory until 1980.


  1. What a great shot! I love the information you included.

  2. I haven't seen a floating light station before, but that it what I immediately thought of before I read your text.

  3. Sometimes this gorgeous red vessel is also moored next to the James Craig at Wharf 7. They made such a contrast against the bland white buildings of Darling Harbour in the background. I managed to squeeze both these vessels into a painting (see "A Tall ship and a Lightship" at )

    1. Thank you so much Jim for the lovely comments & for visiting my blog.

  4. Hi Jim, Stunning snap of the vessels with the city skyline in the background.

    The French Hutch

  5. Wonderful photo of the ships. My father has a huge interest in ships of all kinds. I've never seen a floating lighthouse before - and that's very interesting.

    Inside Cambodia

  6. Interesting history, particularly about the lightship. Beautiful image of the harbor.


  7. a floating lighthouse--that is interesting. beautiful spot for a maritime museum.

  8. how neat, i don't think i've seen a floating lighthouse!

  9. Wow. That looks really interesting. I have never been to a lighthouse before let alone a floating one.


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