Samstag, 18. August 2012

Queensland Maritime Museum

We started the day with a proper Aussie breaky. At first the kids had pancakes with icecream, banana and maple sirup.

Then the adult had their bacon, eggs, hash brown, sausace...jummy!

After breaky Jonah joined Leo for his football training.

Then we took the train from Mitchelton station into Brisbane.

This is a "boys tour", Andrew and I take Leo, Jonah, Jeremia and Joshua to the Maritime Museum.

The Queensland Maritime Museum was founded in 1971 and is run by a self-funded voluntary Association. It is situated on the banks of the Brisbane River at the southern end of South Bank Parklands.

The Museum contains extensive collections of historical maritime artefacts, books, documents and photographs.

The collection is displayed to the public in the galleries and grounds of the Museum under the broad headings of Navigation, Lighthouses, Ship Models, Marine Engines, Vessels, and the Dry Dock.

The former HMAS Diamantina is a River Class Frigate, designed in Great Britain and built in Australia.

Although designed as an anti-submarine vessel, her primary duties were in bombardment support of army operations. Her seven sister ships, also built in Australia, were Barcoo, Barwon, Burdekin, Gascoyne, Hawkesbury, Lachlan and Macquarie.

Diamantina was named after the Diamantina River in Queensland. The river was named after Countess Diamantina Roma Bowen, wife of the first Governor of Queensland, Sir George Ferguson Bowen.

She was built in Queensland by Walkers of Maryborough, was laid down 12 April, 1943 and launched on 06 April, 1944.

Her significance to World War 2 maritime history is immense:
- She is one of only 2 surviving World War 2 veterans in the world upon which surrenders were signed
- She is the only survivor of a class of some 140 ships which saw extensive and successful service as convoy escorts in the Atlantic
- She is the largest World War 2 ship surviving in Australia

(c) Dirk Frantzen 2012 — published via iPad

Position:Leslie St,Arana Hills,Australien

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