HMAS Castlemaine
HMAS Castlemaine
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,042 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
HMAS Castlemaine is a warship; it served in World War II. Anyone interested in naval history will be fascinated by this ship. It is moored at Gem Pier, in the heart of Williamstown. The Castlemaine is a minesweeper; it spent most of the war on convoy escort duty. The Castlemaine is one of the smallest ships to see active service, but it served with distinction.
Written 13 August 2023
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An1ta069
Melbourne, Australia165 contributions
June 2022
We went to Williamstown for the weekend as neither of us had been before. Grabbed a great lunch of fish and chips, and decided to visit the HMAS Castelmaine.
Run by volunteers, this is an incredible insight to the life of a seaman working and living on the vessel. Lots of displays, you can choose to do a self guided tour, or you can certainly ask any questions of the volunteers who are more than happy to answer. We were lucky on the day we were there, one of the volunteers took us down into the engine room and gave us a very knowledgable talk on the type of engine, how power and water were generated.
Now have a greater appreciation of all of the people who worked on this type of vessel during war times, thank you to all of the volunteers for continuing to give us this insight to our history.
Written 12 June 2022
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David B
Kyneton, Australia40 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
A magnificent surviving piece of Australian maritime history. A floating museum full of memorabilia that you can explore. The knowledgeable & friendly volunteers will answer any questions, give you a guided tour or let you wander by yourself. Also has souvenirs for sale. Well worth the visit.
Written 10 January 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,042 contributions
Nov 2021
The HMAS Castlemine was built in the Williamstown Naval Dockyard, walking distance from where she is now permanently moored, HMAS Castlemaine is a corvette, the smallest class of ocean-going warship. She had a distinguished career in World War II. It's appropriate that this veteran is a museum ship, moored not far from where she was launched. Anyone with an interest in naval history will be fascinated by this small ship who returned home.
Written 15 November 2021
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia3,380 contributions
Feb 2021 • Solo
Located on Gem pier is this part of Australian military history. Commissioned in 1942 this mine sweeper served during WW2 until she was handed over to the Maritime Trust. Now a floating museum, it costs $8.00 for an adult to experience a part of Melbourne’s maritime history.
Written 20 February 2021
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,912 contributions
Oct 2020
HMAS Castlemaine was one of 60 Bathurst-class Corvettes built and one of 36 that served in the RAN. It was launched in 1941 and commissioned a year later and served in Australian, New Guinea and Timor waters. It was decommissioned in 1945 and presented to the Maritime trust of Australia in 1973 and is now a museum ship and only one of two that survived, the other being HMAS Whyalla that is on dry land in the town of its name.It is currently closed to visitors but adds a little something to the visit to Gem Pier in Williamstown where it is moored.
Written 30 October 2020
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia371 contributions
Oct 2020
HMAS Castlemaine is a corvette, she was built in the Williamstown Naval Dockyard, not far from where she is moored. She saw active duty during the war, playing an an important role in convoy escort duties. The Castlemaine can be inspected on most holidays, she is maintained by an active group of volunteers.
Written 13 October 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,042 contributions
Mar 2020
HMAS Castlemaine is a corvette, the smallest class of ocean-gaingt vessel to see action in World War II. She was launched from the Williamstown Naval Dockyard in 1941, not far from where she is moored now. The ship entered service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1942. HMAS Castlemaine saw action along the Austrlian coast and in the Pacific. The ship is open for inspection most weekends and holidays. Anyone with any feeling for the sea will be entranced by this old-timer who has aged graceffully.
Written 10 March 2020
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Brett M
Geelong, Australia37 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
Really good was how my 7 year old described our visit today. We spent over an hour exploring the vessel which is very well displayed and there is plenty of information about the finer points. We found it interesting and tried to imagine the lives of those who sailed on her.
The volunteers were very knowledgable and happy to give their time to questions from all ages.
Absolute pleasure to visit.
Written 13 October 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,739 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
We saw this historic ship on the Bay and it is special and magnificent, worth a look and some photos. Historic.
Written 26 March 2019
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