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Three-finned 'thruster' surfboards by Energy Surfboards, 1987-80

These are two 'Energy Flyer' square tail and round tail 'thruster' (three-finned) surfboards, manufactured by Energy Surfboards, Australia, sometime between 1987 and 1988.

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Arrival of the ship 'Chillicothe' in 1927

This is an excerpt from an item in the Australian silent newsreel, 'Australasian Gazette'. An intertitle reads: 'Sydney, N.S.W. A Monotonous Voyage. For three months the ship Chillicothe failed to sight either land or ship on her voyage from America to Australia'. Footage includes the 'Chillicothe' coming into Sydney Harbour. ...

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Jet propulsion for ships, 1948

This is a clip taken from an item about jet propulsion that was included in the weekly episode of the black-and-white newsreel, Cinesound Review, released for exhibition on 11 June 1948. It shows Tasmanian scientist Percy Wilde and his partner, William Wallheiser, demonstrating the use of their 1942 invention, a power plant ...

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Copper sheathing from HMS 'Buffalo', 1813

This is a rough rectangular piece of flat copper sheathing that was attached to the hull of HMS 'Buffalo'. There are four small holes in a row across the centre (possibly caused by the imprinting of government property arrows at the time of manufacture), one torn to the outer edge. The metal is thin plate and has a crumpled ...

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Incat Tasmania catamaran vehicle deck, c2000

This is a section of an empty vehicle deck on a ferry that was constructed by Incat Tasmania in Hobart. The deck is reinforced by fixed yellow supports placed at an angle. The supports in the foreground have orange warning lights fixed to them. Two mezzanine platforms designed to hold cars (one only partially visible) are ...

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Incat catamaran vehicle deck, c2000 - asset 2

This is a section of an empty vehicle deck on a ferry that was constructed by Incat Pty Ltd in Hobart, Tasmania. The deck is reinforced by fixed yellow supports placed at an angle. Orange warning lights can be seen on two of the supports. Two mezzanine platforms designed to hold cars (one only partially visible) are shown ...

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Incat Tasmania catamaran design, 2000

This is a 'general arrangement' (in colour), a series of design drawings of 'The Cat', a 98-m Evolution 10B wave-piercing catamaran built by Incat Tasmania in Hobart. The image at the top features profile drawings of the completed vessel painted in the operator's colours; a cutaway highlighting the vehicular decks; and ...

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The Ship That Shouldn't Have, 1984: Sailing the high seas

This clip shows crew members aboard the Cheynes 2, a steam-powered ex-whaling vessel, on a scientific expedition. The ship is sailing from remote Heard Island to Albany in Western Australia. The captain, Laurie McEwan, is interviewed and describes the achievement of rigging the ship with makeshift sails after the fuel ran ...

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Cockatoo Island: HMAS Success Launching, 1984

This clip shows the HMAS Success being launched from Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour on 3 March 1984 in front of a large crowd. After a number of failed attempts, Lady Valerie Stephen, wife of the then governor-general Sir Ninian Stephen, succeeds in breaking a bottle of champagne across the bow of the ship. She then ...

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Sextant - Troughton, c1820

This is a brass pillar-frame sextant with inset silver/platinum scale, made by Troughton of London, circa 1820, with serial number 940. The sextant is housed in a fitted wooden box and has two interchangeable eyepieces and two sets of coloured filters. It is graduated to 145 degrees. Its arm has a silver vernier and a microscope. ...

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Classroom Antarctica: designing an icebreaker

In this learning sequence, students explore the science carried out on icebreakers and how icebreakers are designed. They research out how scientists and engineers use scale models, water tanks and ice tanks to design and test real ships. A final task invites students to design their own icebreaker, then test and refine ...