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Historical Objects in the WA Shipwrecks Museum

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The WA Shipwrecks Museum is a maritime archaeology museum housed in 1850s-era restored Commissariat building.  The galleries document shipwrecks along the Western Australian coast & their relics.

The WA Shipwrecks Museum contains a reconstructed hull from the Batavia, which was wrecked off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. It also houses the engine recovered from the iron steamer SS Xantho which sank in 1872.

Among the many historical objects in the WA Shipwrecks Museum, the following are some highlights:


“‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” Voltaire



Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons