Enjoy engaging talks from a variety of guest speakers with monthly discussions on fascinating topics of historical interest.
May Guest Speaker: Ray Rees Cmdr, RAN Rtd
Ray spent over thirty years in the navy, starting out as an apprentice shipwright. After continuing his education and climbing the officer ranks, his last position at sea was as the Marine Engineer Officer in the steam powered guided missile destroyer, HMAS Brisbane. After spending several years in San Diego working on exchange with the USN, he finally retired from the navy as a commander.
He has published a memoir on his life in the RAN and has been an active volunteer in the Sydney Heritage Fleet, currently serving on the board of directors and regularly sailing aboard the Barque James Craig.
Topic: The Sydney Heritage Fleet
From its establishment in 1965, the organisation, now known as the Sydney Heritage Fleet, has a long history of acquiring, restoring, and operating a wide selection of ships and boats from early Sydney and beyond. With the oldest vessel in the fleet dating back to 1874, sail, steam, and diesel propulsion systems are all represented.
Today, we build social capital by providing opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life to become involved. Restoration, maintenance and learning to operate our old vessels prove that we are never too old to learn and to pass on our skills and experience to others. Together, we make range of vessels available for the public to experience the bygone days upon Sydney harbour and beyond.
For further information go to the North Shore Historical Society page or view the latest NSHS Bulletin.