The Maritime Society (TMS)

  • TMS was originally founded in 1990 as a fundraising arm of Sydney Heritage Fleet (SHF)

  • Through TMS, you can provide financial support for the Fleet instead of/or in addition to annual Fleet membership and volunteering

  • Donations through TMS are directed to specific project/s which the SHF Board nominate each year so you know where your money will be spent

  • You can pledge a monthly donation to be deducted from a credit card which assists the Fleet greatly in budget planning

  • One off donations can be made at any time

  • Donations of $2.00 or more are fully tax-deductible and receipts will be issued


Due to the generosity of our wonderful TMS supporters from 1 July last year I am delighted to report that we have exceeded the $35,000 needed to cover the costs of the John Oxley foremast restoration and replacement project. 

I am also pleased to announce that all funds raised through TMS from now until the end of this financial year will be allocated to the following project which is to obtain Commercial Survey for three of the Fleet’s heritage vessels.  


1955 motor launch BERRIMA

c1908 motor launch PROTEX

1903 gentleman’s schooner BOOMERANG

Currently use of the above vessels is restricted to members of Sydney Heritage Fleet. Once Commercial Survey has been achieved it will allow the Fleet  to offer regular cruises and private charters to the general public in addition to its members therefore increasing the Fleet’s opportunities to raise much needed revenue. The following outlines the major tasks that may be needed to obtain commercial survey, the cost of these tasks will be required for all three vessels:

  • Safety Equipment
  • Extra Flotation Foam
  • Compass
  • Update Anchor and Chain
  • Update Medical/First Aid Kit
  • Incline Experiment for Survey
  • Stability Book
  • IPad for Each Vessel
  • Update VHF Radios
  • Life Jackets with Lights and Whistles
  • Admiralty Chart Sydney Harbour
  • “Out of Water” Docking for Survey
  • General Docking Material Costs

The current cost estimate of this project is $48,000.00 ($16,000 for each vessel)


  • click the green Donate now button and once on our secure donations page select the “Appeal Donation” button and enter Commercial Survey in the blue box to the right


  • donate over the phone with your credit card by calling 02 9298 3865
  • send your cheque payable to Sydney Heritage Fleet to me at the address below
  • to pledge a monthly donation to be deducted from your credit card (minimum $10 per month) please complete and return our Application Form click here 

however you choose to donate, clearly indicate it is for the Commercial Survey 

To thank you for your generosity you will receive:

  • Our weekly Fleet Forum newsletter emailed to you
  • Invitations to exclusive Maritime Society events
  • SHF Member discounts on the charter of SHF vessels and tickets on the Fleet’s publicly offered cruises
  • Free admission to visit James Craig when she is berthed alongside Wharf 7 at Pyrmont, Sydney
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are helping us to “Keep The Fleet Afloat”


For further information please contact:

Ros Herber

Sydney Heritage Fleet Fundraising

Wharf 7, 58 Pirrama Road

Pyrmont NSW 2009

(02) 9298 3865 or email

Monday, Wednesday & Friday