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“On any visit by the ANMM executives to Tasmania the project
has been derided and ignored, yet by any objective assessment
the Cartela is a vessel of international potential. On a state-by-
state basis, on the whole, Tasmania is mostly ignored by the
ANMM and fares more poorly than any other state. The national
collection consists of 59 vessels, 23 of which are wholly of NSW
provenance. The 36 remaining vessels are substantially of NSW
provenance with a smattering of partial connection to other states.
“ The glaring omission is Tasmania. Not one vessel in the
national collection has the slightest connection to the state with
the greatest reliance on maritime industry and the demonstrated
strongest connection with maritime heritage.
“ We firmly believe that Cartela would be cash-positive in
operation post-restoration and will become an on-going asset to
the Australian people. Her history suits her for inclusion in the
national collection and we passionately believe Cartela should
remain in her community. Our project is ready to begin with all
aspects fully budgeted and planned.”
Kevin Sumption, the Director of the Australian National
Maritime Museum, responded by pointing out that the Museum
is indeed very active in Tasmania and works with a number of
Tasmanian organisations to share the state’s rich maritime
“In fact,” he says, “ the museum’s only off-site staff member,
the Australian Register of Historic Vessels Research Officer,
Peter Higgs, was based in Tasmania and has spent the past six
months working with local community members to research and
document vessels in Tasmania.”
Mr Sumption points out that the museum has had a presence
at every Australian Wooden Boat Festival over the past 10 years
including visits of the HMB Endeavour replica, stalls and talks
by museum staff. This year, he said, the museum increased its
involvement with the festival by sponsoring the Symposium.
“ We have 60 Tasmanian vessels listed on the Australian
Register of Historic Vessels and this number continues to grow.
Over a dozen of our exhibitions have toured to museums and
galleries in Tasmania including most recently our War at Sea
the Navy in WWW1 exhibition at the Maritime Museum of
Tasmania and our Art of Science exhibition, providing significant
opportunities to share Australia’s maritime heritage with
“In the last three months we have held two full-day training
workshops, one in Hobart and one in Launceston, in association
with the Australian Maritime Museums Council.
“ The Australian National Maritime Museum’s grant and
internship programme, the Maritime Museums of Australia
Project Support Scheme or MMAPSS offers funding to non-
profit museums, historical societies and organisations to help
collect, conserve and display objects of national and historical
“Over the last 10 years over $72,000 worth of grants has been
distributed to Tasmanian organisations in support of various
heritage projects including the Tasmanian Maritime Museum,
the King Island Historical Society, the Wooden Boat Guild of
Tasmania and the Queen Victoria Museum.
“ While the Cartela Project has applied for MMAPSS funding,
the museum understands the Steamship Cartela is still privately
Cartela runs an excursion on the Derwent River about 1960.
Tasmanian Boat owners celebrate being inducted into the
Australian register of Historic Vessels, Hobart.
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