The Museum collections contain a large number of items from former RNZN vessels. These include, among other things, life rings, flags, bells, anchors, badges and helicopters.
Ship Items Gallery
The Royal Navy frigate HMS ECLIPSE served in New Zealand as part of the "Waikato flotilla" from 1863-66. The Waikato flotilla was a group of armed and protected vessels that sailed on the Waikato River, supporting the British Forces fighting the land war. The ECLIPSE figurehead was originally part of the figurehead collection of the Royal Navy's Chatham Dockyard, United Kingdom. The figurehead was given to the Navy Museum shortly before the Chatham Dockyard closed in 1984 and was mounted outside the Museum building until 2002. Extensive restoration of the figurehead has taken place in the last 25 years including repainting and replacement of the figure's cloak. SFA 0003
This ashtray stand was constructed from materials from HM Ships PHILOMEL and ACHILLES. The base and tops are believed to be teak from HMS PHILOMEL and the metal cigarette holder is made from boiler tubes from the same ship. The chrome pipe work is said to have come from HMS ACHILLES. GHA 0009-0010.
Scuttle removed from the wreck of HMNZS MOA, which was sunk by Japanese bombers on 7th April 1943. HMNZS MOA was refuelling in Tulagi Harbour, Solomon Islands, when a Japanese air armada attacked. MOA was hit by two 200kg bombs, one passing through the Commanding Officer's cabin and the other through the boiler room. It took only three and a half minutes to sink with the loss of five crew. MOA's scuttle was recovered by Mr Philip Sonntag who presented it to HMNZS CANTERBURY in September 1987. SHB 0003
A Westland Wasp helicopter from the Leander class frigate, Waikato. The Wasp helicopters saw service for the RNZN from 1966-1998. The RNZAF trained the Navy pilots and provided a team of personnel to maintain the helicopter onboard the ships at sea. The primary task for the Wasps was anti-submarine warfare but they were also used for air/sea rescue, vertical at sea replenishment, casualty evacuation and reconnaissance. SAB 0001
This is the ceremonial bell from HMNZS TUI, 1970. A tradition originating in the Royal Navy is for children to be baptised under the ship's bell, or to use the bell as a christening bowl. Once the baptism is completed, the child's name may be inscribed inside the bell. SBC 0010