THE HMAS Gladstone is the only Fremantle Class Patrol Boat open to the public anywhere in the world.
It’s easy to forget that the presence of such a magnificent military ship came to be only through the dedicated work of the Gladstone Maritime Museum and its President, Lindsay Wassell.
“It is the jewel in the East Shores crown,” he said.
“Since it began operating as a public attraction about 12 months ago, it has proven very, very popular not just for locals but for tourists out of town.”
As part of Stage 2 in the East Shores development, the Gladstone Maritime Museum will relocate to the Harbour front building – once known as Players Nightclub.
Lindsay, along with the other volunteers, are thrilled with the new location.
Not only in close proximity to the HMAS Gladstone, the placement will attract huge numbers of cruise passengers and allows the museum to be put into context in a prime location on the Harbour.
“We are very excited for this next step. It’s absolutely incredible news,” he said.
“We are going to breathe new life into the building.”
Lindsay says he has “saltwater in his veins” yet even after ten years volunteering with the Gladstone Maritime Museum, he is continually learning.
“We lead guided tours for ex-sailors, yet they end up being the tour guides,” he said.
“That’s what is great about volunteering with us, our knowledge is always growing – it is always fascinating and it becomes more addictive with time.”
Lindsay and the rest of the team at Gladstone Maritime Museum welcome visitors and volunteers from all walks of life.
Every weekend, the HMAS Gladstone opens to the public, with one hour tours at a cost of $5.00 per guest. Proceeds directly benefit the museum and appeal to all ages.
Please remember to wear closed in shoes with a heel strap.
Call the Gladstone Maritime Museum on 4972 0810 for information on open days or to volunteer.