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Tasmania's Maritime History

Sincefirst settlement, Tasmania has depended on the sea for its survival. Sailors,whalers and fishermen are all part of Tasmania's past and you'll still find evidenceof this sea faring way of life in our coastal cities and towns today.

Lastcentury, shipping was the life-blood of the Tasmanian colony. It was the onlyway local goods and people could reach the mainland and the only way the necessitiesof life, as well as luxury goods, could find their way to Tasmania.

The Maritime Museum of Tasmania in Hobart exploresthe island's strong maritime heritage through a collection of presentations,ship models, artefacts, paintings and images.

Visitorswith an interest in maritime history will also find some beautiful earlylighthouses in Tasmania. These include the highest and second highest inAustralia at Cape Wickham and Cape Sorell.

There arealso over 1000 ships known to have been wrecked in Tasmanian waters, many of whichare now popular dive sites.

At themouth of the Tamar River in Tasmania's north is Australia's oldest pilot station dating from 1806and now a maritime museum. If you're around on a Sunday come and hear theweekly 12 noon test-sound of the Low Head Foghorn, audible over 30 km away.

This rich maritime heritage is celebrated every two years with the Australian Wooden BoatFestival, the second largest wooden boat festival in the world.