Bass Strait Maritime Centre Devonport is situated at the Pilot Station residence, built in 1920. Through objects, images and interactive displays, the Centre explores the themes of the natural history of Bass Strait and its islands, European exploration, settlement, early shipbuilders and entrepreneurs, shipwrecks, the impact of steam, the creation of the Port City of Devonport and Naval history. A simulated experience Take the Helm of the SS Woniora gives visitors a chance to test their skills and bring a 1910’s steamer into the Mersey River or through the heads of Port Phillip Bay. The newly restored Julie Burgess ketch though, provides the real experience. Two hours sailings operate each Wednesday and Sunday, taking passengers out into Bass Strait and back!