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World Maritime Day 2014

The Vernon mooring anchors stand as a memorial to seafarers lost at sea in wartime and in peace. Each year, a commemoration service is held on World Maritime Day, organised by the Maritime Union of Australia. The 19th-century anchors are thought to have come from a wooden sailing ship, Vernon, off Cockatoo Island, Sydney. The former merchant ship became a nautical school or reformatory ship for boys learning trades under naval discipline. Long after Vernon was retired, the anchors were used for mooring ships off the island.

The anchors were transferred to the museum with help from the Seamen's Union of Australia (later amalgamated with the Maritime Union of Australia) and sponsorship from BHP.