Thursday, March 25, 2010
Oops! The scuttling of the ex-HMAS Adelaide has been delayed due to a legal challenge from conservationists concerned about toxic pollution from the vessel. Visit http://express-advocate-wyong.whereilive.com.au/news/story/adelaide-scuttling-postponed-indefinitely-while-mediation-goes-on/ for further details.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
It seems that the City of Adelaide lifeboat is now facing relocation in the rubbish dump at Port Lincoln. Council there is considering a proposal to preserve the wreck at the local dump. The vessel is now owned by the Dept for Environment & Heritage and it is in a sad state of decay. The Axel Stenross Maritime Museum has been appealing for funds to restore it. The lifeboat was removed from Porter Bay, Pt Lincoln 25 years ago to make way for the new marina. It was placed in the Museum where it was expected to undergo conservation. Unfortunately, that never happened. The museum couldn't afford to do it.
The former FFG-7 Class frigate HMAS Adelaide is set to be scuttled off 1km off of Avoca Beach near Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast tomorrow (25/3). 13m of the ship’s mast have been removed. The Adelaide was the navy ship that rescued yachtsmen Tony Bullimore & Thierry Dubois in 1997. The Adelaide (FFG-01) was commissioned on 15th November 1980. She was the first of 6 Adelaide Class guided-missile frigates to be delivered to the RAN. Her 5 sister ships were: - Canberra (II), Sydney, Darwin, Melbourne and Newcastle. For further details regarding the Adelaide (and her sister ships), visit http://www.hmasadelaide.com/ , http://www.navy.gov.au/HMAS_Adelaide_(II) , http://www.navy.gov.au/Adelaide_Class & http://www.mlssa.asn.au/nletters/march2010.htm for further details.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
“Swedish experts say dozens of centuries-old shipwrecks have been found by a gas company building an underwater pipeline between Russia and Germany. The oldest wreck probably dates back to medieval times and could be up to 800 years old, while the others are likely from the 17-19th centuries, said Peter Norman, of Sweden's National Heritage Board. "We have managed to identify 12 shipwrecks, and nine of them are considered to be fairly old," Peter Norman, a senior advisor with the heritage board, told AFP. "We think many of the ships are from the 17th & 18th centuries and we think some could even be from the Middle Ages," he said, stressing that "this discovery offers enormous culture-historical value. The shipwrecks were discovered during a probe by the Russian-led Nord Stream consortium of the sea bed route its planned gas pipeline from Russia to the European Union will take through the Baltic. "They used sonar equipment first and discovered some unevenness along the sea bottom ... so they filmed some of the uneven areas, and we could see the wrecks," Norman explained.” Source: