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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 owned, preserved and operated as a museum ship by the Maritime Trust of Australia Inc. (MTA). The MTA is an all-volunteer not for profit organisation. Membership of the MTA is open to anybody – see the Become Involved tab.

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, both modern and historic.

HMAS Castlemaine 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.

Normal Opening Hours
The ship will be open for public inspection 11am to 4pm on weekends and public holidays, apart from days of extreme heat (over 36°C).

Entry Fee
Adults $8, Children 4-16 yrs $4, Families (two adults & two children) $20. Children under 4 yrs free. All profits go towards the ship.


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Our Patrons
Baillieu Myer AC
Geoff Handbury AO
Peter Williams