Sydney Heritage Fleet Speakers Bureau

SHFLogoSmThe Sydney Heritage Fleet has recently formed a team of experienced speakers available to address your clubs.

No doubt many of your members will have seen the magnificent square rigger, the 19th century James Craig, cruising Sydney Harbour or moored near the Maritime Museum. Or seen the heritage steam engined Lady Hopetoun or the 1903 gentleman’s yacht Boomerang plying Sydney’s waterways.

Restoring and operating these and other vessels has been the result of many years of hard work by the volunteers of the Sydney Heritage Fleet, but their stories are one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.

We want to share the work and the joy of restoring, maintaining and operating these irreplaceable parts of Sydney’s maritime history.

Our speakers are able to address you separately on three fascinating topics

The Sydney Heritage Fleet.  The story of this unique world class group as a volunteer organisation and how we can to have the ten major vessels in  the fleet – seven operational and three under restoration

The James Craig Story. The three masted restored barque built in 1874 and abandoned for 40 years before being restored by the Sydney Heritage Fleet. It now takes passengers sailing every two weeks. The story of this near impossible feat.

The John Oxley. The very last of the coastal steamers in Australia is currently under restoration at the Sydney Heritage Fleet shipyard at Rozelle. Hear how the Fleet came by her and the latest news on her restoration.

All three stories are fascinating and each stands alone.

Our speakers can also tell you about how to get a closer look at our vessels, take a tour around magnificent Sydney Harbour on one of our vessels and some of our other activities.

If you would like to have one of our speakers address your club please contact Paul at paulshea@iprimus  (or on 02 9976 5752)

Updated 5.5.13

About Rotary District 9685

Rotary District 9685 is one of two districts in Sydney, Australia. It's boundaries stretch from the Mountains to the Sea north of Sydney Harbour, reaching across the Hawkesbury River and north to Toukley on the Central Coast. The Blue Mountains define its western boundary, beautiful beaches define its eastern border, and rural communities make up its western and northern borders.
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