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The Boatshed - Public Open Day


Sat 10 Oct 2015, 11:00am–2:00pm

Where: Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The Navy Museum are holding a public open day to celebrate the opening of 'The Boatshed', the museum's newest exhibition space.

During the day there will be

- demonstrations on the water by a Royal New Zealand Navy Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) and also the chance to see one on display on land,
- demonstrations by the Royal New Zealand Navy Seamanship School on splicing ropes, heaving lines and tying knots.
- demonstrations by the Devonport Sea Cadets on rigging a sailing boat,
- music by the RNZN Band from 12:30 to 1:30pm,
- and other activities for all ages.

The Boatshed is the Navy Museums newest unique permanent exhibition space where even the building has a history of its own. The Boatshed and the launching ramp were constructed in the late 1800’s and was used to build, maintain and accommodate naval boats over the years. It is located at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum and is situated at the waters edge of North Head.

As you walk through the double doors of ‘The Boatshed’ you are transported to a period of maritime yesteryear; of whalers, cutters, Clinker Sailing dinghies and a Captain’s Gig. The examples on display have been maintained and restored to their former glory and are surrounded by objects associated with seamanship. You can hear the sea lapping against the piles of the building and smell the scent of nautical history - of rope, wood, oakum, all tied together with the aroma of the sea.

- If it is raining the outside activities will unfortunatley be cancelled. The Boatshed will still be open to the paublic and the museum will be open as normal. The decision will be made by 9am on Saturday morning. -

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