The Maritime Museum has a working fleet of three heritage vessels that form an active and integral part of our collection. In fact, we are the only maritime museum in the world that offers such an experience.

You can see and learn about the vessels while you're here, and on public sailings days you can enjoy the thrilling experience of sailing the Waitemata Harbour in a heritage vessel.

Nautilus has had a colourful life, travelling the world, since first being launched as family vessel used for picnics and racing in 1913. Since then she has...
SS Puke is the Museum's steam launch built towards the end of the 19th Century.
SS Puke, the Museum’s steam launch, is typical of the small craft once used for local transport on Northland harbours and rivers.
Breeze is a square rigged brigantine
Breeze is a traditional wooden sailing ship similar to vessels used for New Zealand coastal and inter-Dominion trades in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Ted Ashby is a ketch-rigged deck scow
Ted Ashby is a ketch-rigged deck scow, typical of the fleet of scows that once operated in northern New Zealand waters.