PWVA Activities

Polly Woodside Maintenance

The key role of the PWVA is to maintain the Polly Woodside, which, as may be imagined, is an ongoing activity. Volunteers with experience in the maintenance of tall ships are few and far between, and as the years roll by are becoming increasingly rare. On 3 April 2008 we lost Tor Lindqvist, an outstanding volunteer who was one of the last 'Cape Horners', and our foreman rigger and sail-maker during the vessel's refurbishment.

Ship and Museum Guides

Other roles filled by volunteers in the past have included ship and museum guides, although the latter role is now in jeopardy due to the decision by the National Trust in early 2008 not to go ahead with the new maritime museum promised when the site was closed in April 2006.

Maritime Research

PWVA volunteers are also involved in research into the history of the many thousands of ships which visited the ports of Victoria from 1801 to the present day. This is aided by a comprehensive collection of Lloyds Registers of Shipping, a maritime library of some 3,000 books and a collection of some 40,000 photos of ships, details of which are accessible via searchable databases.

Through the National Trust the PWVA handles enquiries on Victorian ports and historic ships. The research service can be contacted via email at, or by phone on (03) 9656 8000 or by writing to the Library, National Trust of Australia (Victoria), 4 Parliament Place, East Melbourne, Vic 3002. For costs and further detail see Polly Woodside Publications & Research.