Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

DELVE into life in the Navy dur­ing wartime in a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the WA Mar­itime Mu­seum.

The tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion War at Sea – The Navy in WWI has a col­lec­tion of sto­ries from the war, in­clud­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance with­out a trace of Aus­tralia’s first sub­ma­rine AE1 in 1914.

Rare archival footage of life at sea will also be on dis­play.

WA Mu­seum chief ex­ecu- tive Alec Coles said it was im­por­tant to re­mem­ber the con­tri­bu­tions Aus­tralian sailors and sub­mariners made dur­ing war.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion from the Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum draws on the per­sonal ac­counts of Navy ser­vice­men – through their di­aries, me­men­toes, ship’s logs and their let­ters home – to tell their sto­ries of brav­ery and sac­ri­fice amidst the rel­a­tive drudgery of life at sea, pa­trolling, blockad­ing and es­cort­ing troop­ships,” he said.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures rare ob­jects from the Na­tional Mar­itime Col­lec­tion, the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial and the Na­tional Film and Sound Ar­chive, in­clud­ing medals posthu­mously awarded to Lieu­tenant Leopold Florence Scar­lett.”

War at Sea – The Navy in WWI is open un­til May 29.

A World War I navy ship with daz­zle cam­ou­flage.

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