PHOTOS: Cruise passengers climb aboard HMAS Gladstone

PASSENGERS off the P&O cruise ship will return home with stories of Gladstone's history to tell.

Yesterday the Gladstone Maritime Museum president welcomed more than 50 P&O cruise passengers on board HMAS Gladstone.

Each time a cruise ship arrives in Gladstone, it gives another opportunity to share the stories of the city's ex-naval patrol boat with residents from around Australia and the world.

As of this week, museum staff are now able to host tours inside the ship, after a first aid kit was donated by Essential Health and Safety.

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During the tour Mr Wassell shares stories about the ship, its sailors, the training that was done on board and what the ship was used for.

"They loved it, it's like they didn't realise what we had here in Gladstone," Mr Wassell said. "Some people say, 'can we take photos', because I suppose there are some places that you can't, and I say 'of course, as long as you share them on Facebook'," he said.

"We want to share HMAS Gladstone with as many people as we can."

HMAS Gladstone is an ex-naval patrol boat that was decommissioned in 2007. Still with its original crockery and bedding inside, Mr Wassell says it's a unique and special experience.

Every weekend from 9am - 4pm Mr Wassell or one of the other tour guide volunteers is on board. They give tours for four people at a time.

You'll know they're on board if the flags are flying, he said.

Tours go for one hour and are $5.



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