The Iziko Maritime Centre features an overview of shipping in Cape Town, and the earliest existing model of Table Bay harbour, completed in 1885 by prisoners and warders of Breakwater Prison.
The museum features floating exhibits such as the SAS Somerset and the Alwyn Vincent (a steam tug) both of which are moored at the V&A waterfront. Another key part of this resource centre is the John H Marsh Maritime Research Centre. The Marsh collection includes an important archive of nearly 20 000 photographs, depicting 9 200 ships dating from the late 1920s to the early 1960s. It also has an online service for the answering of queries regarding the ships and for ordering images of these ships.