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Welcome to a world of discovery
Whyalla Maritime Museum:
The largest landlocked ship in the state.
Standing high and dry 2kms from the sea and 2m above land is the former
HMAS Whyalla, the first ship built at the Whyalla Shipyards in 1941. About
57m in length and 650 tonnes, it was commissioned in 1942 and used by the
navy as an antisubmarine and minesweeping vessel. It was involved in
repelling the 1942 Japanese mini-submarine attack on Sydney and saw
service in New Guinea and Hong Kong. You can stroll its decks and peer into
its cabins and also walk under its hull. Inside the museum are exhibits on the
Second World War, the history of Whyalla’s Shipyards and the Spencer Gulf
Gallery of Marine life, as well as one of the country’s largest scale-model
Entry into the Whyalla Maritime Museum is through the Whyalla Visitor Centre
on the Lincoln Highway.