Friday, November 4, 2011
"The emigrant ship Electric (Part 2)"
"Local Sea Mysteries – Part1 (The Vivid)"
"Frames Found at Fishery Beach"
Three of these articles will be followed up in the February issue of the newsletter.
Friday, October 7, 2011
South Australian wrecks are at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shipwrecks#South_Australia.
Salvage of an Old Anchor
The Cape Jaffa
The emigrant ship Electric (Part 1)
for further details.
Friday, September 16, 2011
The Mass Grave for the Star of Greece, Jervois Basin Ships' Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail, Henry Ferrers and The Story of the Norma
They can all be found at
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
The August issue of the MLSSA Newsletter includes my articles on the Star of Greece (again), the SA Maritime Museum and the Jervois Basin Ships' Graveyard Trail. "More About the Star of Greece", "My Recent Visit to the SA Maritime Museum" and "Jervois Basin Ships' Graveyard Trail" can all be found at http://www.mlssa.asn.au/cgi-bin/Newsletters.cgi?year=2011&nl=MLSSA_NL_384_August_2011.htm. There is also an article about the Second Valley jetty if you're interested.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
My blogging has been quiet as of late, mostly due to my 'newsletter interests'. I am editor for several newsletters such as the MLSSA Newsletter (& Journal), the SDF news sheet & bulletin and The Gangway Bulletin for Stella Maris Adelaide. I can now report, however, that several shipwreck articles appear in recent issues of the MLSSA Newsletter, as follows: -
“The Wreck of the Clan Ranald” - see http://www.mlssa.asn.au/cgi-bin/Newsletters.cgi?year=2011&nl=MLSSA_NL_381_May_2011.htm
“The Wreck of the Tug TSS Awarua” - see http://www.mlssa.asn.au/cgi-bin/Newsletters.cgi?year=2011&nl=MLSSA_NL_382_June_2011.htm
“HMAS Barcoo” - ditto
“The Star of Greece” - see http://www.mlssa.asn.au/cgi-bin/Newsletters.cgi?year=2011&nl=MLSSA_NL_383_July_2011.htm
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The Mary Rose, the flagship of Henry VIII, sank in The Solent, near Portsmouth on 19th July 1545. The ship’s hull was raised on 11th October 1982. The ship’s iron anchor was raised from the seabed on 11th Oct 2005, the 23rd anniversary of the recovery of its hull.
According to the web page found at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8543482/Blackbeards-Queen-Annes-Revenge-wreck-reveals-secrets-of-the-real-Pirate-of-the-Caribbean.html , an anchor from the Queen Anne's Revenge has now been raised. Some short video footage can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y18KjA9aCVA . The Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s flagship, ran aground on a sandbank about a mile from shore on 10th June 1718. Blackbeard’s pirate crew had captured the ship, a French slave ship called Concorde near the Caribbean island of St Vincent in November 1717 and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge. It became Bleackbeard’s flagship, sailing alongside three smaller sloops. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was in a flotilla of four vessels heading for Beaufort Inlet, in the then British colony of North Carolina, when she ran aground on the sandbank.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
The Ellen aground at Morgan's Beach in 1908
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Congratulations to Karen Byrnes from Roma, Queensland for being the January winner in the 2nd Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) Shipwreck Photography Competition. She won a night’s accommodation at the Merimbula Divers Lodge in NSW and a 1-day dive charter. Karen’s winning entry was published on page 4 of the February issue of Dive Log. Photographers from all over the world are invited to send in their best photos of any shipwrecks or other underwater cultural heritage above or below Australian or New Zealand waters. The competition is being run until December 2011, with judging occurring each month. Any entries received after the 1st of the month will automatically go into the following month's competition. Images must have been taken in 2011. All winners will be announced in Dive Log magazine until January 2012. For further details regarding the AIMA 2011 Shipwreck Photographic Competition, refer to
Deatils regarding the discovery of German U-boat SM UC-42 can be found at http://www.global-adventures.us/2011/01/26/sm-uc-42-german-u-boat/ .
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
OVER 200 YEARS AGO, Matthew Flinders and the crew from the Investigator became the 1st to circumnavigate the Australian coast. At daylight on 21st May 1803, Flinders was preparing to depart from Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago off of Western Australia. Middle Island is the largest island in the archipelago. A fresh breeze started driving the Investigator towards rocks before the sails were loosed. Flinders used the ship’s spare anchors to hold her. He then had to cut two anchor cables just before the ship cleared the rocks at noon. Flinders had lost both his best bower anchor and stream anchor. A bower anchor is one at the bow of the ship. The Investigator’s best bower anchor was over 4m long and weighed over 1 tonne. It had giant flukes sharply offset like a massive arrow. The stream anchor was much smaller, being 3m long and weighing about 406kgs. In 1972, Doug Seton from the SA Museum organized an expedition with some of his fellow Underwater Explorers Club of SA members to find and raise the two anchors. Both anchors were located in Goose Island Bay on 14th January 1973 by members of the Underwater Explorers Club of SA. The bay is so-called because Goose Island is situated in the bay, which is on the northern shore of Middle Island. The anchors were both raised up by the lighthouse ship Cape Don on 19th January 1973. They have now been preserved and restored. The best bower anchor is now located at the SA Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide. The stream anchor was placed in Canberra along with an anchor from James Cook’s Endeavour.