HMAS Castlemaine was one of sixty Australian Minesweepers (commonly known as corvettes) built during World War II.
As part of the Commonwealth Government's wartime shipbuilding programme, the Castlemaine was constructed at Williamstown Naval Dockyard at a cost of £250,000 and laid down on 17th of February 1941.
The HMAS Castlemaine is now located at Gem Pier in the heart of Williamstown, close to cafes, playgrounds and parks. Although the ship is no longer operational, they have converted the insides to a museum and the engine room runs compressed air to display the mechanical operations.
Visitors can also inspect in what was the crew's mess - a fascinating collection of nautical exhibits and memorabilia of the past, recording important aspects of Australia's heritage.
In response to heightened concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19, HMAS Castlemaine will be closed to the general public until the 23 May.
Gem Pier, Williamstown
P: (03) 9397 2363 – Tuesdays, weekends, and public holidays