SHIPWRECKED! Can you escape the island?
imagine that you are caught in a terrible storm at sea? A giant wave
capsizes your boat and you are washed-up on an uninhabited island.
How will you survive? How will you escape? Find out in Shipwrecked,
the thrilling new exhibition at the Merseyside Maritime Museum from
15 July 2006 to 3 June 2007.
Shipwrecked is an action-packed exhibition offering landlubbers the
opportunity to experience the adventurous life of a castaway. The
blockbuster exhibition recreates the sights and sounds of a remote
desert island. A combination of specially devised interactive and
hands-on experiences, including a wonderful replica of a shipwreck,
create an enthralling island to explore. Crackers, a friendly crab
who lives on the island lends his experience and expertise to
intrepid explorers who want to try living like Robinson Crusoe.
The exhibition opens with the sound and light effects of crashing
waves and a violent storm as you arrive on the island. Your first
challenge is to search a dark cave for food and fresh water. Learn
how the plants and creatures of the island provide essential
sustenance for castaways or how you can collect enough dew for a
glass of water using only rags and a coconut shell.
Venturing out of the cave reveals an enormous shipwreck in the
centre of the island. The large ship and its surroundings is an
explorer's paradise packed with practical survival tips waiting to
* Discover how combining flotsam and jetsam and indigenous materials
of the island you can build your own shelter from the elements and
* A fascinating display including an Inuit pick-axe made from bone
and driftwood and an Australian spear-head made from bottle glass
reveals how vital tools can be made from all sorts of natural
* Contacting passing ships or aircraft with smoke signals, messages
written in the sand or even a message in a bottle could be crucial
to your escape from the island. From a conch shell to wireless
radio, families can discover the art of communication with limited
resources. Use the fun interactives to try out smoke signals or
semaphore for yourself.
* From the simplest crafts to more complex vessels families can find
out how they might build their own boat. An original kayak from the
Aleutian Islands in the Pacific and an Aboriginal raft are wonderful
boats on display but could they survive the ocean waves? Learn how
to build a craft able to endure bad weather, rocky coasts and even
* Interactive games offer families an insight into how seafarers use
compasses, the sun or even stars to position themselves at sea. Real
navigational tools are included in the display.
* The island also contains an under-fives play area where toddlers
and young children can sit on a giant starfish and work out how to
survive the island through games, song and dance, salvaging from the
wreck and beachcombing.
* During weekends and school holidays role-players roam the
immersive island and delight visitors with tales of survival and
adventure, while workshops such as flag-making and bug-tasting keep
young castaways and their families entertained.
Shipwrecked is a lively exhibition, which challenges visitor's
imagination and resourcefulness. Those who complete the Escape the
Island Challenge are rewarded with a certificate to remember their
The exhibition has been developed by Shipwrecked Club, a group of
young people aged between 4 to 10, who have met monthly to help
exhibition designers make some important decisions including
choosing a name for the cheeky crab and will also be involved in
choosing images for the marketing campaign.
Vivien Bell, research officer at National Museums Liverpool says:-
"Having seen how excited Shipwrecked Club members are about
the sorts of things in this exhibition, we are confident that
Shipwrecked will be great fun for everyone. The club members have
given us some good ideas about what to include in the exhibition and
how to make it exciting for visitors."
VICTORIOUS VICTORIA SCORES A HOME RUN
Report thanks to Clipper
Clipper scored their first place position on Sunday 6 May 2006 in
the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race, arriving in their home
port of Victoria, Canada at 0959 UT (1659 GMT). After 5,600 miles of
Pacific Ocean, the Canadian entry crept across the finish line in
leg five with only 2 knots of wind, but a safe 100 mile lead on her
nearest rivals Durban and Liverpool 08, who are still fighting it
out for second place.
On crossing the finish line, the Victoria Clipper was joined by
supporters including porpoises and seals who led her down the home
strait, with the stunning snow-capped Olympic Mountain range in the
background. Champagne and Canadian beer were swiftly delivered on
board to the elated crew for an early start on the celebrations.
Victoria narrowly missed out on a first place position on the last
race into Qingdao where they led until just miles from the finish
when Liverpool 08 stormed to victory. The ocean-weary Victoria crew
are ecstatic to finally take the top spot with the added bonus that
it is the first time in the history of the Clipper Race that a yacht
has finished in first position into their sponsored port. Skipper
Ewan Hind said:- "It has been my dream to win this leg. We
have proved that we can do it and into our homeport; I am
overwhelmed and very emotional.
This has been by far the toughest leg yet; it has been physically
exhausting and the weather conditions have been extreme with
blizzards and cold to deal with. Keeping crew motivation up has been
difficult but they stayed together and achieved our best result
Durban, Liverpool 08 and Cardiff are likely to be the next boats to
arrive and the two remaining podium positions are still up for
grabs. Depending on the finishing position of westernaustralia.com,
there is an opening for both Durban and Liverpool 08 to top the
overall race leaderboard.
The fleet will remain in Victoria, Canada until the race restart on
17 May for the next race to Panama City.
Oxton Art Fair
FEEL free to
come to the opening on Friday, 12 May at 7.15pm to 9.15pm... In
addition to the art show, there will also be trips up the tower of
Oxton St Saviour's Church at 1pm, 2pm,3pm and 4pm on Sunday the 14
May. £2/£1 limited to 12 people per trip.
Musical entertainment 1pm, 3.15pm and 3.30pm in the church. Craft
Activities for kids in the Parish Centre or in the grounds of the
church if sunny, on Sat 13 May and Sun 14 May at 12pm to 3pm run by
Closed To Public...
Formby beach had to be closed off after a oil slick washed up along
the award winning coastline over bank holiday Monday.
The crude oil was washed ashore from a platform in Liverpool Bay,
due to what is understood to have been a crack in a pipe on the BHP
Billiton's Lennox Oil Rig, which stands just five miles off Ainsdale
beach. The quantity of oil on the beach was said to be small
and experts stressed that there is no danger to wildlife or
vegetation in the area.
The closure was to
aid the speed of clean up and to allow an assessment of the
deposited oil to be made.