Richard & Stacy's Round the World Trip 2001

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The Sydney Aquarium
The Vampire
The Onslow
The Maritime Museum

The main part of the museum was not all that large - at least, the part we could walk through. A number of exhibits were closed for renovation. Late fall is just the wrong time of the year to visit the museum. However, there were a number of interesting displays, many of them maritime weapon related.

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A modern sonobuoy, dropped from aircraft in groups and used to track submarines underwater.   A limbo mortar shell, launched from ship decks at submarines.
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A photo of the Tartan ship defense missile in action.   An actual Tartan missile, about 20 feet long.
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A submarine-launched anti-shipping mine.   12" rounds - just the bullet part, mind you.
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A Westland Wessex helicopter on display - these have now been retired from service.   Close up of the nose of the Wessex helicopter, which is where the engine is - you can see the exhaust ports in the side of the fuselage.
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View from beneath the Wessex helicopter, showing the winch and passenger compartment.   A World War II era Mark 8 torpedo.
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A single barrel Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft cannon.   The same cannon from the rear - this is a typical ship deck mount type cannon from post WW II.
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The Tasman Light - an actual light, fresnel and rotation hardward from a lighthouse on the Tasman Sea.   Stacy takes a look at the Tasman Light.

There were a couple of other areas in the museum that didn't end up with any photos, including a fascinating study of the original "boat people", the Cambodian refugees who traveled to Australia on a coastal fishing boat. There was also a great display on the gold rush in Australia, which came shortly after the gold rush of California.

But at this point, we were all museum-ed out and headed back to the hotel.

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