“The Lady Hopetoun and Port Jackson Marine Steam Museum”, the forerunner of the Sydney Heritage Fleet, was founded in 1965 by a group of public-spirited individuals to preserve Sydney’s 1902 VIP steam yacht Lady Hopetoun. The organisation later became known as the Sydney Maritime Museum Ltd. In 1998 the museum adopted the trading name Sydney Heritage Fleet. The Fleet now comprises ten historical vessels.
A community-based non-profit organisation, the Fleet’s mission is:
To build and maintain an internationally recognised centre of excellence in maritime heritage for the benefit of all Australians by presenting through research, acquisition, conservation, restoration, education and operation, our continuing maritime history.
The Fleet is funded through donations, membership subscriptions and income from vessel charters and tours.
The Fleet’s Maritime Records and Research Centre maintains a comprehensive research library and archive which includes photographs, ships’ plans, diaries, logs and journals.
Records management and collecting policies
The Sydney Heritage Fleet collects, preserves and displays culturally significant material which documents and interprets Australia's maritime heritage with emphasis on New South Wales, particularly the Sydney region, Port Jackson, Port Botany, Broken Bay and their rivers and tributaries.