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November 1965
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MV Cape Don
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MV Cape Don
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MV Cape Don Society & Commonwealth Lighthouse Service Museum

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.

MV Cape Don, built at the Newcastle State Dockyards, NSW, 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. You can help us by clicking the Give Now Logo to contribute to this important work.

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

🎦 Goddess  | 🎦 Dogwatch  | and the Angelina Jolie directed 🎦 Unbroken

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 easy  and open to everyone. Click on the Membership image to head on over to the registration page.

We are very grateful for the many SPONSORS who have already donated so generously and would like to thank them for their continuing support.

We are currently raising funds for our Dock the Don‘ project. You can head to our DONATE page to find out more about this.

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

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6 months ago

A proud name and a bow looking towards the future. The MV Cape Don working weekend is on this weekend.(19th to 21st of August)Friday 09:00 to 18:00Saturday 07:00 to 19:00Sunday 08:00 to 18:00For volunteers they'll be a volunteers BBQ from 18:00 on Saturday. We'll also be open to new volunteers with an infomation stand located next to our wharf access gate.Saturday 12:00 to 17:00Sunday 11:00 to 15:00For any questions or to join in email Daniel at ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

It's a windy Sunday afternoon as the deck crew grease the hatch gear.New volunteers weekend infoTimes....Tours every half hour20th midday to 5pm21st 11am to 3pmMeet at our main access gateCost $10. if you join up on the day the $10 Is taken off the price of membership. Booking is advised.Sending bookings to Please wear enclosed shoesPlease note this event is for recruiting volunteers and members. It's not a general open day which is being planned. ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

Cape Moreton's engine room workshop. The Cape Don's is largely the same.And still in use.Trivia time.How many workshops does the Cape Don have onboard now? and what are they.(No answers from our volunteers please) ... See MoreSee Less
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