Whale of a time to be had at Albany’s whaling station over the school holidays

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Getting hands-on with Albany's maritime history.
Camera IconGetting hands-on with Albany's maritime history. Credit: Lee Griffith Photography.

A series of nautical activities, sea shanties and exhibitions will bring Albany’s historic whaling station to life over the July school holidays.

Albany’s seafaring history will be celebrated with a selection of events at the whaling station as part of the inaugural Albany Maritime Festival.

The team from Albany’s Wave Energy Research Centre will be teaching visitors about the power of wave energy in the first week of the holidays.

The centre’s Wave Hello to Renewable Energy program will allow people to interact with special water tanks to create ocean environments and discover wave energy technologies.

The whaling station will also play host to the Albany International Folk ‘n’ Shanty Festival on July 10 and 11, with performances from 11am.

It is one of many venues locked in for the shanty festival, but it is arguably the most fitting.

Albany Shantymen at the Albany Boatshed.
Camera IconAlbany Shantymen at the Albany Boatshed. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The Albany Shantymen will take to the stage at 1pm on the Saturday.

A visit on the July 10-11 weekend will also provide the opportunity to hear whaling stories from the Stubbs family — one of Albany’s past whaling families.

The Stubbs family can be found on site sharing quirky whaling stories from midday to 1pm on both days.

During the second week of the holidays, visitors can hear first-hand stories from other past whalers as they look back on their time working for the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company, the last whaling company to cease operations in Australia.

Other school holiday activities include maritime knot workshops, cryptic seafaring riddles and indoor beach combing.

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