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Victorian Maritime Centre Crib Point, Victoria

A Maritime Centre commemorating all aspects of Australian service at sea, in peace and war. Situated at Hastings on Western Port Bay.
Includes the "O" Class Submarine ex-HMAS OTAMA, ex-pilot vessel WYUNA, memorial walls and maritime exhibits

Contact Information

location
PO Box 503 Hastings Victoria 3915
phone
+61 0476 109 223

Contact

Opening Hours

Normal Opening Hours : Saturday and Sunday 10.0am till 3.00pm. Private tours of the centre can be arranged by calling Di Maloney on 0476 109 223.

Entry Fee

Adult $5, Child $1

Location

220 The Esplanade Crib Point Victoria

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Life Ring

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
s.s kreuzer

A hand-painted souvenir Life Ring from S.S Kreuzer, Koln. It is coloured red, with a cord around it. There is a photo in the centre.

Historical information

The souvenir life buoy was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kreuzer, Koln

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Cup & Saucer - Ceramic

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
p&o cruise ship oriana

A white ceramic coloured cup & saucer, with logo ""Oriana"" reception on back. Westminster vitrified china, Australia.

Historical information

The ceramic cup and saucer was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Logo of Oriana Receptions on back.

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Serviette Ring

Key words

merchant souvenir
s.s strathnaver

A metal triangular serviette ring with logo S.S Strathnaver embedded thereon.

Historical information

The souvenir metal serviette ring was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

S.S Strathnaver

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Luggage Tag

Key words

fairstar
souvenir

Brass luggage tag on leather strap with 'Fairstar''& emblem engraved on front. Name & address of passenger engraved on rear.

Historical information

The souvenir brass & leather luggage strap was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back, D. Benson, 61 Campbell Road, Somers. One front Fairstar.

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Life Ring

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
s.s orsova

A hand-painted souvenir Life Buoy from the S.S Orsova. Coloured red and white with string (cord) around it.

Historical information

The souvenir life buoy was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

S.S Orsova

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Saucer - china

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
huddart parker liner

China saucer with blue pattern on the edge, with Huddart Parker Line flag and emblem

Historical information

The china saucer was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Huddart Parker Line flag and emblem

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Metal Ashtray

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
merchant souvenir
ss himalaya

Aluminium square ashtray, with the P.O Log Himalaya embossed thereon, and an anchor standing in centre.

Historical information

The matchbox ashtray was purchased sometime during a cruise by unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D Benson and Family over a period of years. D Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people smoked cigarettes and purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Logo SS Himalaya

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Metal Ashtray

Key words

souvenir
merchant souvenir
cruise liners
m.v duntroon

A metal Ashtray from M.V Duntroon, which has a square base, with a brass anchor in middle.

Historical information

The matchbox ashtray was purchased sometime during a cruise by unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D Benson and Family over a period of years. D Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people smoked cigarettes and purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Doll - Fabric

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
chandris line

A 'Norah Wellings' souvenir sailor doll from the Chandris Line. Blue and white in colour.

Historical information

The souvenir fabric doll of a sailor was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Chandris Line

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Powder Compact

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
t.s.s strathnaver

A silver metal coloured powder compact embossed with the logo Strathnaver.

Historical information

The souvenir powder compact was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Strathnaver made in England

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Matchbox Holder

Key words

souvenir
cruise ships
shipping liners
merchant souvenir

Metal souvenir matchbox holder– rectangle in shape with one side open for match strike – silver coloured metal – embossed shipping line logo and flag in enamel.

Historical information

This is a souvenir which was sold on cruise ships to passengers wishing to have a memento of their holiday. This matchbox case was part of a collection by Debbie Benson & family which the VMC purchased part of, the remainder was donated by D. Benson.

Significance

The matchbox holder was purchased sometime during a cruise by unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D Benson and Family over a period of years. D Benson sold part of the collection to the VMC who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the VMC. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people smoked cigarettes and purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Enamelled logo for SS Himalaya & P & O Flag on front of matchbox holder embossed on it - shipping line flag.

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Life Ring

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
s.s stratheden

A hand-painted life ring with P&O Stratheden - London written on and P&O emblems and flags. Circled by a white coloured cord.

Historical information

The souvenir life buoy was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

S.S Stratheden

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Powder Compact

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
s.s orford

This souvenir metal powder compact has the words S.S Orford inscribed on the bottom.

Historical information

The souvenir powder compact was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

S.S Orford

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Brass Luggage Tag

Key words

souvenir
p & o s.s canberra

Brass Luggage with inscription with P & O S.S Canberra. To commemorate 'Canberra's''return to cruising after being used as a medical ship in the Falklands war, where she was gutted to carry as many men as possible. She was refurbished after the war.

Historical information

The souvenir brass luggage tag was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

P & O, S.S Canberra

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Sugar Spoon

Key words

souvenir
r.m.s maloja

Rare chrome plated sugar spoon with badge on top of fancy zig-zag handle. Badge has R.M.S Maloja & P & O Flag with crown.

Historical information

The souvenir chrome plated sugar spoon was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Chrome plate

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Doll - Fabric

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
s.s iberia

A 'Norah Wellings' souvenir sailor doll from the S.S Iberia, blue in colour with a white coloured hat.

Historical information

The fabric doll of a sailor was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

S.S Iberia

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Bookmark

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
roylen cruises

This metal and enamel bookmark is a souvenir that was purchased by people when travelling on cruise liners. It has a logo of Roylen Cruises in enamel, also a picture of blue sky, white ship and dark blue ship.

Historical information

The metal bookmark was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Logo Roylen Cruises in enamel

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Ashtray - Brass

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
merchant souvenir

rectangular brass ashtray, made between 1925 - 1954

Historical information

The brass ashtray was purchased sometime during a cruise by unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D Benson and Family over a period of years. D Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people smoked cigarettes and purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Metal Ashtray

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
merchant souvenir
arcadia
p&o cruise ship

Round Metal Aluminium Ashtray shaped as a ships wheel, with 8 spokes. Logo P&O, Arcadia

Historical information

The matchbox ashtray was purchased sometime during a cruise by unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D Benson and Family over a period of years. D Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people smoked cigarettes and purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Logo P&O, Arcadia

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Commemorative Queen Mary Coin

Key words

souvenir
r.m.s queen mary

Commemorative coin enclosed in plastic with cardboard protection stapled. Coin has R.M.S Queen Mary engraved in the centre & inscriptions on the back and around the face.

Historical information

The souvenir commemorative coin with R.M.S Queen Mary was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Commemorating arrival of the R.M.S Queen Mary to the Port of Long Beach California, December 9, 1967.

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Powder Compact with mirror

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
t.s.s monowai

A brass powder compact with mirror. With a satin padded top with photo imprint of the T.S.S Monowai on the right side.

Historical information

The souvenir brass powder compact mirror was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

T.S.S Monowai

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Ashtray - Metal

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
s.s berrima

Eight sided metal ashtray with coloured logo P&O S.S Berrima. With flag red, white, blue & yellow.

Historical information

The metal ashtray was purchased sometime during a cruise by unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D Benson and Family over a period of years. D Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people smoked cigarettes and purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

P&O Berrima

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Doll - Fabric

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
fairstar

A 'Norah Wellings'' souvenir sailor doll from the ship Fairstar. Blue coloured uniform, with a white coloured hat.

Historical information

The souvenir fabric doll of a sailor was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Fairstar

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Cigarette lighter casing

Key words

souvenir
cigarette lighter
cruise liners

Silver coloured metal cigarette lighter - incomplete - no workings - has logo for SS Ulysses

Inscriptions & Markings

SS Ulysses

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Matchbox cover

Metal souvenir matchbox cover – rectangle in shape with one side open for match strike – silver coloured metal – embossed shipping line logo and flag in enamel.

Significance

This is a souvenir which was sold on cruise ships to passengers wishing to have a memento of their holiday. This matchbox case was part of a collection by Debbie Benson & family which the VMC purchased part of, the remainder was donated by D. Benson.

Inscriptions & Markings

EPNS Enamelled badge on front has RMS Mooltan embossed on it - shipping line flag logo

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Vase - Silver

Key words

merchant souvenir
s.s moreton bay

A silver souvenir vase with logo thereon.

Historical information

The souvenir metal Vase was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Aberdeen and commonwealth line S.S Moreton Bay

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Doll of sailor

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
fairsky

Fabric doll of sailor double velvet, with small black ribbon. Light blue sailor collar with string. Pink sewn fingers on hands. Hard fabric face painted and papermache. Moulded sailor hat with black band with 'Fäirsky' in gold letters sewn thereon.

Historical information

The fabric doll was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Life Ring

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
s.s himalaya

A hand painted souvenir Life Ring

Historical information

The souvenir Life Ring was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Himalaya P&O Orient Line, London, 1982

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Egg Cup - Metal

Key words

merchant souvenir
r.m.s mooltan

A small E.P.N.S egg cup with 3 handles, and the R.M.S Mooltan insignia in enamel thereon.

Historical information

The souvenir metal Egg Cup was purchased sometime during a cruise by an unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D. Benson and Family over a period of years. D. Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

R.M.S Mooltan insignia in enamel thereon

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point

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Shoehorn - Metal

Key words

souvenir
cruise liners
s.s himalaya

Metal shoehorn with blue logo S.S Himalaya, with coloured flag red, white, blue & yellow.

Historical information

The metal shoehorn was purchased sometime during a cruise by unknown person. It is part of a cruise liner collection by D Benson and Family over a period of years. D Benson sold part of the collection to the V.M.C who purchased the remaining part. It is a great source of information to visitors to the V.M.C. At the time of ocean liner holiday cruising, many people purchased these souvenirs to keep or give away as gifts.

Inscriptions & Markings

Angus & Coote - Sydney

Victorian Maritime Centre, Crib Point