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Victoria's west coast is steeped in maritime history, and none less than the shores of Corio Bay and the Bellarine Peninsula. Stately tall-masted clippers, belching steam-packets and disstrous shipwrecks were the flavour of the era and, even today, the Port of Geelong is among the busiest in the country.
You can re-live much of this history at the Geelong Naval and Maritime Museum in 'The Stables' at the rear of Osborne House in Swinbourne Rd at North Geelong.
The museum is open Mon. Wed. Fri. Sat and Sun. from 10am to 4pm. for a small admission fee..
The visitor will see expertly designed and presented displays covering a range of relics and memorabilia, early exploration and settlement, shipping disasters, aboriginals, agricultural and industrial development, and the steam era.
Old navigational equipment and relics from the Corio Bay Pilot Service, and local shipwrecks including "The Lighning".
Radio transmitters, beacons and impressive models of sailing and steam ships are on display
The centrepiece of the museum is a westher-worn section of a 'turn-of-the-century' wharf complete with bollards, ropes, sample cargo and some handling eqipment.
The museum reflects the maritime history of Geelong and its port and is well worth a visit.