Friday, November 30, 2012

USS Revenge

According to, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Oliver Hazard Perry lost his ship, the USS Revenge, on a stormy January night off Rhode Island’s Watch Hill Beach. Heavy fog, violent waves and a cold, hard rock took down Perry’s ship.
"Perry detailed the mishap in a letter written to then-squadron commander John Rodgers. After discovering his ship had drifted dangerously close to land, Perry dropped anchor to steady the 75-foot schooner in the frigid winter waters, but the ship tailed around and crashed against a reef. Thinking quickly, Perry cut the anchor cable and tried desperately to catch a gust of wind to propel the ship back into the waters. No wind came and the Revenge was pummeled further up the reef, cracking the hull. His crew tossed eight heavy cannons overboard, to no avail. Realizing the futility, Perry—then only 24 years old—ordered his crew to abandon ship. The next day, Perry and company returned to salvage the schooner, but the angry ocean had snapped it in two. Six cannons were saved, but the Atlantic kept the rest, relegating the Revenge to a small, largely forgotten mark on the U.S. Navy commodore’s career."
Charlie Buffum, the owner of Cottrell Brewing, unearthed the wreckage in 2005. "After years exploring the New England coast, it was an account he read of the little-known Revenge that captured his passion: “What really took my interest was that there was possibly still an anchor down there, and a bunch of stuff [Perry] couldn’t take,” he remembers. Buffum teamed up with Craig Harger, the brewery’s carbon dioxide salesman who is also an avid diver, and struck out in the summer of 2005 to search for the ship along a series of reefs on Watch Hill.
Over a period of four weeks, Buffum and Harger scanned the ocean bed with a metal detector, not far from a freighter wreckage popular with local divers. On their third dive, the duo began to question their efforts—then the metal detector started to sing. Buffum looked down to find he was standing at the base of a large metal object covered in barnacles. After closer inspection, the two realized it was a cannon. “If you ever watch the old cartoons when their eyes are bugging out, that’s what it was like,” remembers Buffum. “If you could jump up and down under water, that’s what we’d be doing.” They discovered two cannons that day, the first of many remains from the Revenge.
For the next six years, Buffum and Harger kept the discovery a tightly sealed secret. They continued to explore the wreckage, uncovering six of the eight possible cannons left behind, the ship’s anchor and a series of other artifacts. Although the location of the shipwreck was mainly hidden—heavy currents and rising surf kept all but a few spear fishermen out of the area—Buffum was still worried that another intrepid diver would stumble across it. Last January, the 200th anniversary of the Revenge’s sinking, Buffum and Harger decided it was finally time to announce the news. They held a press conference at a hotel in Watch Hill and made headlines." Buffum’s now handed the expedition over to the Naval History and Heritage Command, which deals with researching and preserving shipwrecks.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


A Norwegian group plans to return the 96-year old ship Maud from the Canadian Arctic to Norway. The 3-masted Maud was Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen’s ship. The group has already filmed the Maud trapped in ice in the Canadian Arctic. They plan to salvage and repatriate her for a museum.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A new shipwreck book written by Paul Wilson

"Downunder - The history of found shipwrecks along the Central and Hunter Coastlines" is a new shipwreck book written by Paul Wilson.  (Source:
"Have you ever wondered about some of the stories of the maritime disasters that have happened along the Central Coast and Hunter Coastlines of Australia? This book visits the individual histories of located shipwrecks along this notorious coastline.
Some of the stories include the tale of the man who survived two shipwrecks. How did Maitland Bay and Susan Gilmore Beach get their names'? What exactly does happen to the ship's cat when the boat goes down? What exactly is the Swansea Channel Wreck mystery? How far did the captain of the Thordis go to rescue the passengers of the Irresistible 1931? What exactly is that mysterious forrested island that can be seen on the Northern side of Stockton Bridge? Where did they find the sole survivor of the Cawarra 1866? and what did happen to the unofficial mascot of the HMAS Parramatta?
The author has risked life and limb in the writing of this book. From the unknown frontier of the nudists beaches along the coast, to the muddy swamps of Hexham, to walking into the local RSL in nothing but a wetsuit. No stone is left unturned in the quest for original sources when researching this book. Please enjoy!" (Source:

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ethel wreck became exposed in September 2012

The Ethel wreck became exposed in September 2012 for the first time in 6 years. Some big swells carried the sand covering the wreck away. The last time the Ethel was fully exposed was back in 2006. The Ethel had been sailing from South Africa when she ran aground on southern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia on 2nd January 1904 .

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Titanic jewellery collection on tour of US cities

RMS Titanic Inc. recovered a large collection of jewellery from the Titanic wreck site. A display of the collection is now touring 3 US cities.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Photos of the Garden Island Ships' Graveyard

David Sandison took a collection of photos of the Garden Island Ships' Graveyard from the Garden Island bridge during a low tide earlier this year (2012). Five (5) of David's photos can be viewed at
A website giving details about the Ships' Graveyard can be found at

Thursday, November 1, 2012