Our Collections

The Gladstone Maritime Museum's displays focus on but are not limited to the maritime history of the Curtis Coast and the Capricorn-Bunker Coral Islands.

Displays cover discovery and exploration of the area, settlement, port development, model vessels, early and current industry, bauxite carriers, naval involvement and recreational use of the region.
Model Vessels
Our model collection now exceeds sixty vessels including a number of very detailed models that illustrate early sailing vessels, naval vessels, and the paddle steamer “PS Premier” which provided the passenger link from the end of the railway at Gladstone through The Narrows to Rockhampton, over a century ago.

Our most detailed models are hand built from scratch by Mr. Ernie Pitts, our in-house Master Model Maker.

The Wreck Room
The Neville Robertson-Hughes Wreck Room displays many shipwreck artefacts along with a "Wreck Wall" showing dozens of shipwreck locations up until recent times.
Bauxite Carriers
Gladstone’s original quartet of bauxite carriers were the only four coal-fired bulk vessels built in the world: River Boyne, River Embley, Fitzroy River (previously TNT Capricornia) and Endeavour River (previously TNT Carpentaria) spent more than three decades conveying bauxite between Weipa and Gladstone.

Jenny Lind
The figurehead of “Jenny Lind” from the 1847 Canadian-built barque - and a story of the self-rescue saga following her 1850 shipwreck on Kenn Reef.

Maritime Library
Our Maritime Library and public Reading Room is a wonderful resource for Members, school groups and anyone needing to source information.