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HMAS Castlemaine, Melbourne

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HMAS Castlemaine (J244/M244/A248), named for the city of Castlemaine, Victoria, was one of 60 Bathurst-class corvettes constructed during World War II, and one of 36 initially crewed and commissioned solely by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
Launched in 1941 and commissioned in 1942, Castlemaine operated during World War II in the waters of Australia, New Guinea, and Timor. She remained in service until 1945, when she was decommissioned into reserve and converted into an immobilised training ship. In 1973, Castlemaine was presented to the Maritime Trust of Australia for conversion to a museum ship. She is one of two surviving examples of the Bathurst class, the other being HMAS Whyalla.
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  • We went to Williamstown for the weekend as neither of us had been before. Grabbed a great lunch of fish and chips, and decided to visit the HMAS Castelmaine. Run by volunteers, this is an incredible....  more
    We went to Williamstown for the weekend as neither of us had been before. Grabbed a great lunch of fish and chips, and decided to visit the HMAS Castelmaine. Run by volunteers, this is an incredible....  more »
  • A magnificent surviving piece of Australian maritime history. A floating museum full of memorabilia that you can explore. The knowledgeable & friendly volunteers will answer any questions, give you a....  more
    A magnificent surviving piece of Australian maritime history. A floating museum full of memorabilia that you can explore. The knowledgeable & friendly volunteers will answer any questions, give you a....  more »
  • The HMAS Castlemine was built in the Williamstown Naval Dockyard, walking distance from where she is now permanently moored, HMAS Castlemaine is a corvette, the smallest class of ocean-going... 
    The HMAS Castlemine was built in the Williamstown Naval Dockyard, walking distance from where she is now permanently moored, HMAS Castlemaine is a corvette, the smallest class of ocean-going...  more »
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  • HMAS Castlemaine is a corvette naval ship of the Royal Australian Navy from the world war 2, it is one of the only remaining ships from WW2 in Victoria and remains afloat at the gem pier in Williamstown, VIC. The museum ship is definitely worth a visit as shows the history of the ship itself, the voyages it did around Australia, New Guinea & Timor during WW2. The staff cabins, engine room, radar room & boiler room is well preserved and gives you great insight about the ship. It also has lots of information about the crew on board this ship during WW2. It’s open only of weekends and public holidays.
  • Amazing place to visit very well maintained ship and full of stories.
  • This is a great historical museum that has been well maintained by a Maritime Trust of Australia local branch. It was open on the day I attended, ANZAC day, and is well worth the time if you are in the area. Its a World War Two corvette built in Melbourne, 1942. It has been docked at the Gem Pier Williamstown for a long period of time. There are public toilets near by
  • A really great museum ship with a large and very interesting collection of artefacts and memorabilia. A visit to both here and the nearby Seaworks, will make for a very enjoyable trip to Williamstown.
  • HMS Castlemaine is worth a visit if you are into our naval and maritime history. Lots to explore, sea and read. The staff are extremely helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. A short 5-10 minwalk from the Train station, or 20-30 min drive from the Melbourne CBD.

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