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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Australian Register of Historic Vessels

The Australian National Maritime Museum launched the nation's first Australian Register of Historic Vessels on February 1.

The initial objective of the online register it to assemble a broad picture of Australia's historic boats and ships - indicating the various types, their numbers, their distribution, the uses they serve and their condition.

At launch, the database contains an initial list of 100 vessels - ranging from an early Australian surfboard and an Indigenous one-person fishing raft to a Murray River paddle steamer, a Newcastle collier and a former Royal Australian Navy destroyer.

Any owner wishing to nominate a vessel for inclusion in the Register will find the assessment criteria, helpful information and a Nomination Form on the Register web pages.

I haven't played around in the database much but from what I've seen it's a very rich source of information on the vessels that are included.

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