MV Cape Don Society Inc.

Incorporating the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service Museum.

  • MV Cape Don at sea
  • Bridge
  • Engine Order Telegraph
  • Engine room
  • MV Cape Don
  • Bow

The MV Cape Don Society Inc. is a non-profit incorporated organisation which was founded to carry out the refurbishment and conservation of the historic Lighthouse Supply and Nav Aids Maintenance Ship MV Cape Don as a part of the maritime history of Australia, in accordance with maritime heritage guidelines.

Launching the MV Cape Don

The MV Cape Don has been used as a location for many movies –

'Horrie the Wog Dog', 'Goddess', 'Dogwatch' and most recently a big block buster movie.

MV Cape Don, built at the Newcastle State Dockyards, N.S.W., and completed in January 1963, is one of a unique class of ships that was purpose-built to service navigational aids... Read more...

The work of the Society is being overseen by the Sea Heritage Foundation, a charitable trust.

If you would like to become a volunteer and help to restore our ship, we invite you to join our core of skilled and non skilled volunteers. Membership is open to everyone.

We are very grateful for the many sponsors who have already donated so generously and would like to thank them for their continuing support. They are listed ... here!

The Commonwealth Lighthouse Service Museum will tell the story of the ships and crew of the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service. Read more...

Mission Statement:
"To restore the MV Cape Don to operational status, to maintain her, so that she may represent an active reminder and commemoration of the coastal maritime history of Australia and all the people who sailed on her or were involved with her service."


27th May 2014 General meeting
27th May 2014 Draft Minutes available.
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MV Cape Don Society news
Watersave Managing Director Paul Marsh, donated portable 50 litre waterless urinal.
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