War at Sea - the Navy in WWI

War at Sea – the Navy in WWI

a travelling exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum,
on display at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania until 17 June 2017


Australian submarine AE2 with crew on deck at Portsmouth, 1914. ANMM Collection Gift from Mrs D Smyth.­

About the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

The Navy served in all maritime theatres of World War I:
In the Pacific and Indian Oceans
In the Mediterranean and North Seas

P&O Line ship Sardinia in a ‘dazzle camouflage’ paint scheme. ANMM Collection

About the exhibition

This exhibition highlights the contribution the RAN made in the 'war to end all wars'.

Bringing together important artefacts and documents from:

The National Maritime Collection
The National Film and Sound Archives
The Australian War Memorial

Diorama showing the Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train at
work building wharves at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli.  ANMM

The story of RAN will be told through the experiences of sailors:

The drudgery of patrolling and blockading
The intense battle between HMS Sydney and SMS Emden
The incredible voyage of submarine AE2 through the Dardanelles Straits


Hand coloured glass lantern slide of the German light cruiser SMS Emden beached on
North Keeling Island, as seen from the deck of the victorious Australian light cruiser, HMAS Sydney.  ANMM Collection 

Expect to see

First-hand accounts from diaries and journals
Film footage

Unofficial ship’s log for HMAS Sydney 1913 to 1917.  ANMM Collection

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.