Castlemaine was docked at the BAE Systems shipyard, Williamstown, over the period 14-28 August 2015. While at BAE Systems the ship was dry docked in the Alfred Graving Dock and the hull was cleaned and painted.
When the opportunity came to assist with the docking, BAE Systems volunteered. The General Manager of BAE Systems Williamstown Operations Peter Leahy said “Even though our current environment is challenging, the team felt it was a great opportunity to give the ship a new lease on life so that she might continue her community service.”
The crew of the Castlemaine thank BAE SYSTEMS, EPTEC (cleaning and painting), KOREVAAR Marine (tug services for the moves), Port Phillip Sea Pilots and International Paints for their assistance, which made the docking possible.
HMAS Castlemaine is one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World War II, and is the last such vessel still afloat, having been restored by volunteers over four decades.
HMAS Castlemaine is open to the public on weekends, public holidays and by arrangement. Visitors can see how crews lived and worked during the war years, witness the original main engines turning over, and view a wide range of artefacts documenting Australian maritime history.
See the Gallery for images of the ship, modern and historic.
HMAS Castlemaine, open from 10am every weekend, is located at Gem Pier in the heart of Williamstown, near the information centre in Commonwealth Reserve, Nelson Place.
The ship is close to cafes, playgrounds and heritage sites: Scienceworks and the Newport Rail Museum are both within a ten-minute drive, and Seaworks is just a stroll away.
Opening Hours: Weekends & public holidays from 10am. Last admissions 4pm. Adults $6, Children 4-16 yrs $3, Families (two adults & two children) $15.
Children under 4 yrs – free.