New immersive exhibition ‘Windjammers’ to open at the South Australian Maritime Museum

 

Immerse yourself in the newest permanent exhibition to be installed at the South Australian Maritime Museum, Windjammers, open from 25 January 2021.

The exhibition is an interactive cinema experience taking visitors back to the age of sail to experience life on board a windjammer, the large commercial sailing ships that sailed between Australia and the Finnish Baltic, delivering South Australian grain to Europe and beyond from the 1880s until the final grain race in 1949.

South Australia was the go-to destination for grain in the early 20th century and the exhibition explores the lives of the young crew who sailed these large ships across the world’s oceans.

Each summer, small crews of 25-30 sailors would make the tumultuous journey from the Aland Islands, in the Finnish Baltic, to SA, passing through the seas of Cape Horn. These 90-metre-long ships of iron and steel would ride waves that loomed like walls of water, up to 50-feet high.

Discover a rich collection of objects including 13-year-old windjammer Alan Rogerson’s sea chest and shipwright’s tools, the massive ships wheel from the Hougomont which limped into Port Adelaide after being dismasted in a squall off Western Australia and Lance Potter’s woolen greatcoat along with a small bottle of water he collected while rounding Cape Horn.

Marvel at the lights of the Aurora Australis, endure bitter cold and constant damp in a Cape Horn storm and celebrate the crossing of the line as the ship sails through the calmer waters of the equator.

Delve deeper and watch a selection of short films and interviews, or discover journals and photographs of the men who sailed the windjammers. This plus much more awaits you at the new Windjammers exhibition at the South Australian Maritime Museum, opening 25 January 2021.

The Windjammers immersive experience was developed by the South Australian Maritime Museum in collaboration with the University of New South Wales Centre for iCinema.

Interviews are available with Dr Adam Paterson, Curator SA Maritime Museum and Dr Andrew Yip (University of Coventry, formerly UNSW)

 

What: Windjammers

Where: South Australian Maritime Museum, Lipson Street, Port Adelaide, South Australia

When: Opens 25 January 2021

Entry: Museum Admission – Adult: $15.00 | Concession: $9.00 | Child: $6.00 | Family $34.50 (Cashless only)

Contact: 08 8207 6255 / maritime@history.sa.gov.au

More information: https://maritimecache.history.sa.gov.au/events/windjammers/

Adam’s Awesome Aquatic-themed Film List

We’re all trying to find something to keep our minds busy during quarantine (including coming up with alliterations for blog post titles…). We’ve asked our staff to give us their top 10 maritime films to watch while in isolation. Here is curator Adam’s list:

Dead Calm 

I watched this as a teenage and was caught up in the suspense and tension – a real thriller!

Hunt for Red October 

Fantastic submarine scenes and a desperate race to avoid possible nuclear annihilation.

Pirates of the Caribbean 

A great combination of comedy and action. Johnny Depp obviously being the highlight.

The Mercy

I think this is a really brave movie which depicts a tragic story. Based on true events during the 1968 Golden Globe ’round the world yacht race.

Point Break 

Incredible surf scenes! A gripping combination of surfing counterculture with bank heists. Definitely one Swayze’s best performances.

Whale Rider 

Interweaves the Paikea whale rider myth with modern Maori identity and has a strong 13-year-old female lead who struggles for and ultimately finds recognition in her community.

Storm Boy 

I think the relationships between the boy and his father ‘Hide Away’ Tom and Fingerbone Bill (David Gulpilil) were interesting to me as a kid – there was a realness to them that was missing from other ‘kids’ movies.

Moana 

I love music and this is one of Disney’s best soundtracks. Moana is a great lead character, really strong and determined. Fantastic to see Disney portray a strong Indigenous woman.

Life Aquatic 

Wes Anderson films really strike a chord with me. I love the deadpan delivery and quirky characters.

Master and Commander 

A real standalone historical depiction of 18th/19th century age of sail and discovery.