Each artefact has its own story to tell and amongst the items currently displayed in the museum can be found;

  • an aboriginal bark canoe
  • the companionway from Joseph Conrad's barque Otago
  • a fully-equipped 1/3 replica of a 19th century whaleboat
  • the light from the Goose Island lighthouse
  • an historically significant timber dinghy
  • the carved eagle sternboard from the 1856 American whale ship Islander
  • ships models and figureheads
  • shipwreck artefacts
  • scrimshaw
  • whaling equipment
  • navigation instruments
  • shipwrights' tools
  • the Goose Island lighthouse lens
  • a restored Derwent River ferry wheelhouse