In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted, spewing huge waves of volcanic ash over the Bay of Naples. Stationed across the water at Misenum Pliny the Elder, the prominent scholar and military commander of Misenum’s naval base, ordered a fleet of warships to rescue as many people as possible from the doomed city.

Often left out from the common stories of the Pompeii disaster, this rescue is considered one of the first recorded rescues by sea of civilians by a military force. Discover this untold storyin this world-class exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum, including an extraordinary collection of over 100 objects.

When: Every day 9:30am – 5pm till August 30th 2017-08-10


Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murry St Sydney


Cost: Adult $32.00 Concession/Child 4 – 15: $20.00 Children under 4 and members free.