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Enquiries: 023 8083 4242 | Closed: Fridays
Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-3pm (Last entry 2.15pm) | Sat-Sun 10am-5pm (Last entry 4.15pm)

Enquiries: 023 8083 4242Closed: Fridays | Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-3pm (Last entry 2.15pm) | Sat-Sun 10am-5pm (Last entry 4.15pm)

Special Exhibition – Shaw Savill Line – Under the Southern Cross

Discover the fascinating history of this British shipping company and its ships and liners that operated between Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

This exhibition shows the early days of Shaw Savill Line, through to their fleet’s war service, to new beginnings in the 1950’s, to royal visits and more.


On November 1940 an armed merchant cruiser – Jervis Bay was escorting a convoy of ships from Bermuda and Nova Scotia to Britain. The convoy came across a German warship and the Jervis Bay decided to attack the larger ship allowing time for most of the convoy to escape, however Jervis Bay and five merchant ships were sunk with the loss of hundreds of lives.


The Southern Cross was the first British merchant ship to be named by a reigning monarch – launched in 1954.