The Maritime Society (TMS)

  • TMS was originally founded in 1990 as a fundraising vehicle for Sydney Heritage Fleet (SHF)
  • Through TMS, individuals can provide financial support for the Fleet beyond annual Fleet membership and volunteering
  • Donations through TMS are directed to specific project/s which the SHF Board nominate so you know where your money will be spent
  • During the 2017/2018 financial year all donations received will be allocated to the crucial project outlined below




The Fleet needs to raise approximately $65,000 to cover the costs incurred during the extensive maintenance that Boomerang underwent  in July, August and September 2017. The following is a brief outline of the works that were required.   

Boomerang cropped

Boomerang was been taken out of the water at Noakes Shipyard, North Sydney for a period of six weeks. During this time all paint was removed from the topsides so that a full inspection of the timber and its condition could be assessed. Once this is done the old and rotten timber planks will be removed and replaced with new timber as required.

To complete this task The Fleet employed a full time shipwright contractor, and required the assistance of another part time shipwright contractor. This work was extremely laborious and time consuming and once the timber planks were refitted two coats of Everdure (Epoxy Timber Primer/Sealer), one undercoat primer and two final top coats were applied.

Once this was all completed the underwater hull was caulked, primed and two coats of antifoul applied and the vessel made ready for relaunching.

To learn more about this beautiful vessel please click here.


  • clicking here for our Secure Donations Page, select the Appeal button and enter Boomerang in the blue box

  • over the phone with your credit card by calling Ros below

  • send your cheque payable to Sydney Heritage Fleet to the address below

  • pledge a regular monthly donation to be deducted from a nominated credit card on or around the 22nd of each month (minimum $10 per month)

  • complete and return our Application Form by CLICKING HERE 

  • however you choose to donate, clearly indicate it is for Boomerang maintenance 


Donations of $2.00 or more are fully tax-deductible and receipts covering regular monthly donations made during the year are forwarded following the end of the relevant financial year. For annual/one off donations, a tax-deductible receipt will be forwarded once processed.

Supporter Benefits: To acknowledge 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 events
  • Free admission to visit James Craig when she is berthed alongside Wharf 7 at Pyrmont
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are helping us to “Keep The Fleet Afloat” 


If you require further information or wish to discuss becoming a TMS supporter, please contact:


Ros Herber

The Maritime Society

(02) 9298 3865 or email

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Wharf 7, 58 Pirrama Road

Pyrmont NSW 2009