The Australian National Maritime Museum and Sydney Heritage Fleet are working together with the State Government to create a new Maritime Heritage Precinct along the ANMM’s Darling Harbour waterfront.
The aim is to bring together the vessels of both museums and thereby create one of the largest presentations of operational historic vessels in the world.
This major project involves construction of new wharves and associated infrastructure. There will also be land-side remodelling to improve the harbourside promenade with its views and access to the museum vessels, as well as stunning views across Darling Harbour to Sydney’s CBD.
The aim is to have the new Precinct operational for the 2020 celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s Australian exploration voyage. The replica of Cook’s ship HMB Endeavour is in the ANMM’s fleet. The 1874 restored barque James Craig will be the other Tall Ship in the new Maritime Heritage Precinct. She is the oldest of Sydney Heritage Fleet’s five restored and regularly operating historic vessels all more than 100 years old. They will be joined by the younger, but still venerable, historic fleet members from both museums. Regular passenger-carrying trips from the Precinct aboard a selection of the vessels will provide a new tourist attraction in Darling Harbour.