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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #50 on: December 09, 2008, 09:23:37 pm »

For anyone living in, or visiting, Australia, there are excellent Maritime Museums in Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle. We also have a wonderful Naval and Maritime Museum in Ballina, in northern NSW; many people who see it express amazement that a relatively small town, (17,000), has such a fine display of maritime related objects. It has one of the biggest collections of ship models in Australia, most of which are by the late Doug Stewart from Brisbane. Doug died earlier this year, and he progressively donated almost 50 beautifully detailed models of (mostly) naval subjects, as each one was completed.

The museum was recently extended, and a showcase was made available to our club to display models. We change that display every 6 months or so.

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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #51 on: December 09, 2008, 09:36:35 pm »

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The museum was recently extended, and a showcase was made available to our club to display models.

Now that sounds a REALLY good idea.

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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #52 on: December 09, 2008, 09:48:38 pm »

Anywhere near Perth,visiting my brother next year(hopefully)
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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #53 on: December 10, 2008, 10:32:07 pm »

Craftysod, Fremantle is only 10 or 12 miles from Perth.

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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #54 on: December 10, 2008, 10:38:01 pm »

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The museum was recently extended, and a showcase was made available to our club to display models.

Now that sounds a REALLY good idea.

Yes, Colin, it is, and it's very much appreciated by our club. It's also a good place to keep 1 or 2 models when you're running out of storage space  :-)) The only restriction the Museum place on people displaying is that they must be financial members of the Museum, at the exorbitant cost of $2 Australian, less than 1 pound UK  :o Terrible, isn't it?  :D That price also gives unlimited access to the Museum, which normally costs $4 for adults.

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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #55 on: December 11, 2008, 04:55:16 am »

Anywhere near Perth,visiting my brother next year(hopefully)

Craftysod,
The Western Australian Maritime Museum on Victoria quay in Fremantle. Also dont miss the shipwreck galleries - the remains of the Batavia are here.
website is museum.wa.gov.au/maritime
If you wander south of Perth, there is Whaleworld near Albany. This was the last operating whaling station in WA, and is almost still the same as it was when operating. They have also the last whale chaser, Cheyne IV, in drydock. Website www.whaleworld.org

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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #56 on: December 11, 2008, 02:34:09 pm »

Thanks  :-))
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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #57 on: December 11, 2008, 04:21:09 pm »

Hi. I'm off to Sydney then driving to Adelaide by car. OK so where do I find model power boat clubs on my way round. We will end up in Perth by the end of or trip. I am very keen to find some action when I'm over there. Dose any one know off any RC Power boat clubs????
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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #58 on: December 11, 2008, 11:05:02 pm »

If you happen to be on the US East Coast, there are scores of museums to see but here are few of the highlights:

Boston, MA  Charlestown Navy Yard, USS Constitution, USS Cassin Young http://www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/cny.htm

New York, NY: USS Intrepid, USS Growler http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/; American Merchant Marine Museum, Kings Point, NY http://www.usmma.edu/about/Museum/default.htm

Philadelphia, PA:  USS Olympia, USS Becuna  http://www.phillyseaport.org/

Baltimore, MD  Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Co. http://www.steamtug.org/; Baltimore Museum of Industry http://www.thebmi.org/ 

Newport News, VA:  The Mariners' Museum / USS Monitor Center  http://www.mariner.org/

Washington, DC:  Too many to list separately but you'll want to start with the Smithsonian:  http://www.maritimemuseums.net/DC.html

Charleston, SC  USS Yorktown, USS Laffey, USS Clamagore, USCG Ingham  http://www.state.sc.us/patpt/

Wilmington, NC  USS North Carolina  http://www.battleshipnc.com/
 
Tampa, FL   SS American Victory  http://www.americanvictory.org/

Pensacola, FL  US Naval Aviation Museum    http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/

Mobile, AL  USS Alabama, USS Drum  http://www.ussalabama.com

I've had the pleasure of visiting most of the above & would recommend Washington DC / Newport News as a great starting point.  I have to admit I'm envious of you Brits with your available selection.   :-))

An excellent resource for any maritime buff that lists hundreds of museums throughout the US & around the world: http://www.maritimemuseums.net

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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #59 on: December 15, 2008, 08:55:48 am »

If you happen to be visiting Stockholm why not spend a few nights here
http://svenskaturistforeningen.se/afchapman
They have rooms on the boat but as it is a hostel it may be worth checking on the need for your own sheets etc.

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« Reply #60 on: December 20, 2008, 11:12:35 pm »

A good destination is Bremerhaven, northern Germany... just in case your passing..

http://www.bremerhaven.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=13309

They also have the Wilhelm Bauer Type 21 Submarine, which is very well preserved and floating on the harbour.

http://www.bremerhaven-touristik.de/bremerhaven-tourism/englisch/Sehenswuerdigkeiten/a_uboot.html

An excellent museum and well worth the travel
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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #61 on: December 21, 2008, 01:05:59 pm »

In Dundee there is HMS Unicorn
http://www.frigateunicorn.org/,
the oldest british built warship afloat.
The RRS Discovery
http://www.rrsdiscovery.com/index.php?pageID=129

Further down the east coast there is the Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther
http://www.scotfishmuseum.org/

The Imperia Duxfordl War Museum collection at Duxford
http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/
has a marine section with a WW1 MTB , WW2 Vosper MTB-71, lifeboat and X- craft midget submarine as well as several FAA aircraft, one of the few places in the UK to see flying examples of these.

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« Reply #62 on: December 21, 2008, 02:09:46 pm »

How about a look at the 'Manchester Ship Canal'.

Mersey Ferries offer trips along this historical inland waterway. Saturdays from Liverpool to Manchester. Sundays Manchester to Liverpool. Coach return included from destination. Excellent prices. 2009 programme now available, see the link.

http://www.merseyferries.co.uk/
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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #63 on: December 21, 2008, 06:23:50 pm »

As well as the ships at Chatham Dockyard, don't forget to drop in and see Rob in the Dockyard Model Shop.. probably the last "Boats only" model shop in the SE of England. And like all one man band businesses, times are tight right now, would be a shame to have him go to the wall too. 

http://www.dockyard-model-shop.co.uk/
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« Reply #64 on: December 28, 2008, 01:57:26 pm »

Hi craftysod.  I was in Perth / Fremantle Oct. 08 and recommend the Maritime museum, you will want half a day there.  It is VERY VERY WINDY there!!!!

Perth runs into Fremantle and they are both on the Swan River.  We went between them first by train and then back on the Swan River although the service finishes about tea time so check ahead for times. 

Should you be a senior citizen (60+) then ask for concessions.  The train fare was about a pound for 18 stations, of course the exchange rate has probably screwed that up now!

We found that in New South Wales they are quite strict about you showing a Pensioners card (as issued in Australia)  but we were never asked in Western Australia.  They do not accept U.K. proof, I suppose on the basis that if you can afford to fly there then you can pay full adult fares!

It seems that the pension schemes are run separately by each state, rather than funded by the central government, and do not appear to recognise eachother.  I expect Peter can comment on that.

Enjoy the trip, regards to all, Roy
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« Reply #65 on: December 28, 2008, 10:00:42 pm »

H all......Roy...I am from Wollongong NSW........am not a pensioner but can clarify

Pensions in OZ [old age, disability, returned service]...or what ever are all funded & provided & administered by the Federal Government

The experience of apparent differences in the  :police: of such pension card documents is left to the respective State employees as we do not have Federal employes at transport facilities [with the exceptions of all major airports which come under Federal jurisdiction]

But don't shoot the messenger.... %%...as a direct descendant of a First Fleet convict  {-) I am aware we imported the British Westminster system...regards Derek
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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #66 on: December 28, 2008, 10:19:20 pm »

Derek is correct in his explanation of the Australian pension scheme, however there is also the Seniors Card. This card is issued by the states, and entitles bearers to travel concessions, and many stores give discounts if the card is shown. As an example, one of our local supermarkets has a Seniors Day each Tuesday, where shoppers showing their Seniors or pension cards receive a 5% discount on their groceries.

We also have the Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card which entitles holders to heavily discounted prescriptions as well as a range of medical services. This card, which is means tested, is available to people over age 65 who are not entitled to a pension, and whose assets and/or income fall below a set level, which is quite generous. I am not a pensioner, but we do have the Seniors Health Care Card, as well as the state seniors Card.

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« Reply #67 on: February 04, 2009, 12:33:18 pm »

Paddle Steamer 'Kingswear Castle'.
Sailings from Rochester and Chatham, 2009 sailings now available. Also full day courses for you to learn to operate a 1:1 scale paddle steamer.
 www.kingswearcastle.co.uk

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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #68 on: February 04, 2009, 05:49:13 pm »

Can I blow my own trumpet, come to the show that I run to make money for charity. www.alfoldboatshow.co.uk
Thanks
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« Reply #69 on: February 09, 2009, 02:13:11 pm »

To round off the Canadian offerings:
(Be sure to check days and times, not everything is open everyday and during the Winter!!)

Quebec Marine Museum and Bras dOr Hydrofoil - http://www.mmq.qc.ca/a_propos_en.html

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic - http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/index.html

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic Bluenose II (spends Summers in Halifax)
http://museum.gov.ns.ca/fma/

Naval Museum of Alberta - http://www.navalmuseum.ab.ca/

Kingston Maritime Museum of the Great Lakes - http://www.marmuseum.ca/

War Museum Ottawa - http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/index_e.aspx?CategoryID=654

Science and Technology Museum Ottawa - http://www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca/english/index.cfm
(not so much for boats, but interesting)

Vancouver Maritime Museum - http://www.vmm.bc.ca/

Admiralty House Halifax - Maritime Command Museum - http://users.pspmembers.com/marcommuseum/index.html

Shearwater Naval Air Museum - http://www.shearwateraviationmuseum.ns.ca/

Toronto Art Gallery, prisoner of war models and personal ship model collection donated.
http://www.ago.net/

There was a Model Ship Museum on Granville Island Vancouver, but it has closed.


A few more In the US:

USS New Jersey - http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/

USS Olympia - http://www.phillyseaport.org/ships_olympia.shtml

USS Wisconsin - http://www.nauticus.org/wisconsin.html

Norfolk Naval Base tours Arrange a free tour ahead of time of the base or a carrier
https://cnic.navy.mil/norfolksta/index.htm

Mariners Museum Newport News - http://www.mariner.org/

Here is a list of US Naval Museums - http://www.bb62museum.org/usnavmus.html

USS Texas - http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/battleship_texas/

USS Little Rock - http://www.buffalonavalpark.org/


And dont forget, if you are coming to the Toronto area, let me know and we can get together!

Darren
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Re: Places that Model Boaters should visit?
« Reply #70 on: February 14, 2009, 08:29:14 pm »

Hi Darren,

Planning a visit home this summer, probably late August. I'll let you know closer to the dates.
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« Reply #71 on: February 14, 2009, 08:39:23 pm »

That Mountie he creeps in and out and never a word.

We upset you Darren ?  {:-{
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