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

  • During the 2018/2019 financial year all donations received will be allocated to the below project


John Oxley image

John Oxley steaming into Sydney Harbour 1970 (image John Bennet)

The 1927 steamship John Oxley is the last surviving original coastal steamship in Australia. Her restoration to steaming condition is the chance for Australians to experience firsthand a fundamental component of our maritime past. Restoration is well advanced, largely due to the stoic efforts of the John Oxley’s team of workers combined with the generosity of sponsors who support this project. Built in Paisley, Scotland, in riveted steel with teak decks, she is a typical coastal steamship of the type that serviced the Australian seaboard. She is one of a handful of surviving examples today and is destined to become the only operational coastal steamer in the world. To learn more about this incredible vessel please click here.


SHF’s current major restoration is the 1927 built steamship John Oxley and we need to 

raise approximately $35,000 to cover the cost of restoring and refitting her foremast. 

The following outlines many (but not all) of the tasks that will be required: 

  • removal of the current mast
  • replacement of shrouds
  • ordering of shroud wire
  • undertake welded repairs as required
  • manufacture new mast foot
  • grit blasting and coatings
  • repair/new base and seat angle
  • purchase of pre-wire conduit
  • install ratlines
  • install conduit and junction boxes
  • initial and final coatings
  • fit up permanent connections
  • transport and crane hire costs


  • click Donate now and once on our secure donations page select the “Appeal Donation” button and enter John Oxley foremast 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 John Oxley foremast 


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