Friday, October 4, 2013

Queen Anne's Revenge

Archaeologists have been removing objects such as multiple iron cannon from underwater concretion on the wreckage site of the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard's flagship, just off the coast near Beaufort, North Carolina. Visit for more details.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Three Dutch tall ships will be staying over at Port Adelaide

According to the web page found at , three Dutch tall ships en route to the International Fleet Review in Sydney will be staying over at Port Adelaide. The three Dutch tall ships are Oosterschelde, Europa and Tecla. The Oosterschelde is a 50m, 3-masted topsail schooner of 400 tonnes fully restored in the 1990s. The Dutch ships will be joined by the SA Maritime Museum's Falie and One & All to fill the Inner Harbour at Port Adelaide with sailing vessels of another era. The ships will be open to the public on the weekend of August 31 and September 1.

Two cannon raised from the Queen Anne’s Revenge

On 20th June, State underwater archaeologists brought up two cannon from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck in Beaufort Inlet. The cannons have been on the ocean floor for nearly three centuries, going down with Blackbeard’s flagship, which ran aground near Beaufort in 1718. Since exploration of the shipwreck began in 1997, about 280,000 artifacts have been recovered, including cannons, anchors, ship’s bell, grenades and platters. Many of those items are on display at the N.C. Maritime Museum, and others are part of traveling exhibits around the state.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The barge "Susan" at Psyche Bend

The Susan was a 59-ton composite barge wrecked at Psyche Bend Pump House, Murray River in 1961.

The vessel was built at Echuca on the Victorian side in 1884 and had a length of 26.21 metres and a beam of 5.486 metres.

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Murray River, Echuca
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Kenderdine, 1994, Historic Shipping on the Murray River.

Anchor at Wallaroo, SA

This is the large anchor located out the front of the Nautical Museum at Wallaroo, South Australia. It was raised off Neptune Island, SA by the SS Cape York. It was donated from the estate of the late Hugh A Fyfe.

Search for the "Griffin"

On 15th June,  divers began opening an underwater pit at a remote site in northern Lake Michigan that they say could be the resting place of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the 17th century French explorer La Salle. Visit for more details.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Nashwauk anchor

According to, "Onkaparinga Council is consulting the community about where to display the (Nashwauk) anchor, which was recently restored by the National Museum of Australia.
Terry Drew  commented:                   
"The Onkaparinga Council, the History Trust and the South Australian Government can cooperate and contribute together to use this opportunity to provide the community with a more appropriate interpretation of the Nashwauk shipwreck in South Australian history than was previously available. The many South Australian descendants of the Nashwauk survivors can have their stories acknowledged in a way that commemorates the shipwreck and reminds us all of the beginnings of our state. The Nashwauk Reserve, the Moana Pioneers Memorial Hall or the entrance to the Moana Tourist Park are all appropriate to some extent but please let's make the most of the opportunity."

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Vandals have damaged the wreck of a Japanese midget submarine in Sydney Harbour and made off with protected relics. The submarine, known as the M24, is a key piece of Australian World War II history and was one of three midget submarines that entered Sydney Harbour on May 31, 1942. It's believed divers entered the protected zone around the shipwreck and broke off and removed propeller blades and relics. The damage was noticed during an archaeological inspection last September, the federal Environment Department said. One of the three submarines was blown up by its occupants after getting tangled in the boom net across the harbour. The M24 followed and fired torpedoes at the cruiser USS Chicago but instead hit the HMAS Kuttabul, killing 21 naval personnel. It then disappeared until 2006, when scuba divers discovered its wreck off a Sydney beach. Anyone found guilty of damaging or disturbance a protected wreck or removing relics faces a $10,000 fine or five years jail. The shipwreck site is also protected under NSW heritage laws, with a breach incurring a fine of up to $1.1 million. Environment officers have appealed for anyone with information to contact the department on  1800 110 395  or via email at .”

HMAS Vampire and HMS Hermes

71 YEARS AGO, on the 9th of April 1942, calamity struck HMAS Vampire and HMS Hermes off the coast of Sri Lanka in the form of 30 + Japanese bombers. After the raid was over, 315 British and Australian sailors were dead and wreckage littered the sea. HMS Hermes lying on its side at 52m is now the graveyard for most of these courageous men. The Vampire is yet to be confirmed as found, although a wreck recently discovered a few kilometres away may solve the mystery of its whereabouts.


According to the web page found at , “A team of student divers from Flinders University yesterday descended into the ocean at Carpenter Rocks to explore the wreck of a ship that ran ashore in 1948. Post-graduate students enrolled in the university’s maritime archaeology program began mapping the wreck of The Hawthorn and will continue research throughout the next two weeks. St Martins Lutheran College student Carl von Stanke was instrumental in attracting the university to the relatively unknown site. The 15-year-old developed a passion for exploring and documenting shipwrecks at a young age and even has his own maritime museum set up at home. About two years ago, Carl attended a Flinders University archeological field school session where students explored a shipwreck on the beach near Port MacDonnell. Since then, he has developed a relationship with representatives in the marine archaeology department at the university and suggested The Hawthorn as their next dive. “I thought it would be a good dive for them and I might get to help out,” he said. As a reward for his ongoing help, Carl was invited to spend a week participating in the dive. St Martins Lutheran College principal Dianne Eckermann has granted Carl a week off school to complete work with the divers. “Diving on shipwrecks has been an absolute passion of Carl’s for a long time,” she said. “He is very knowledgeable and has done a lot of research into local shipwrecks - this is a great learning opportunity for him.” Maritime archaeology program senior lecturer Dr Jennifer McKinnon said the field school was an essential part of the course for many reasons. “The students will practice diving skills and using various equipment, including diving gear, cameras and geophysical devices,” she said. “They will also be practically trained on how to map and document shipwrecks.” The Hawthorn was built in 1875 in Tasmania and was purchased by the Von Stanke family - Carl’s forefathers - in the mid-1940s when Carpenter Rocks became its home. Soon after its arrival, the ship pulled its anchor and washed ashore, which left it completely wrecked on the bottom of the ocean. “First we map the area and document the approximate size of the ship and mark the area,” Ms McKinnon said. “We will remove all the sand that lies on top of the wreck so we can take timber samples and match the results with information in historical documents. “We won’t be removing any artefacts and we will fill the wreck with sand when we have finished to ensure the site is left the way it was when we got there.” Carl is looking forward to participating in the dive next week. “I snorkel over The Hawthorn all the time and I’ve already mapped it out,” he said. “It’s all still pretty structural, it’s quite interesting. “I would like to complete the course these students are doing and become a marine archaeologist one day.” Findings will be compiled into a report and sent to the Commonwealth Shipwrecks Program, which issued the university with a permit to complete the dive.”


If so, Pete Taylor has published a titled "Shipwrecks: A Practical Guide to Research and Discovery". This book contains information on remote sensing, historical research, running projects, ship construction in timber, iron and steel, steam engines and ships’ rigging and equipment. Books are $40.00 plus $12.00 postage. Copies can be ordered directly from Pete at .


According to the web page found at , “Sir Arthur C. Clarke . . . was an avid SCUBA diver and . . . in the early 1960s he was a part of one of the most unique sunken treasure discoveries in history – The Treasure of the Great Reef. In 1962, Clarke was stricken with polio and spent the rest of his life living with the debilitating effects of post-polio syndrome. In 1963 he joined diving partner Mike Wilson as he and a small team of divers recovered thousands of silver rupees Wilson and two American consulate boys, Bob Kriegel and Mark Smith, had discovered on Great Basses Reef off the southern tip of Sri Lanka.  Most of the coins were still in the shape of the bags that had once carried them; clumps weighing 26 to 30 pounds, with nearly 1,000 coins in each.” Visit to learn how the Taj Mahal Treasure was discovered and recovered.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wrecks & Reef Exhibition

“Wrecks and Reefs” is an exhibition on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum until 3rd March 2013. According to the web page found at, “Through the underwater lens of maritime archaeology, explore four Australian shipwreck sites on remote coral reefs off tropical Queensland - the early colonial ships Mermaid, Porpoise, Royal Charlotte and Cato. Vivid images by expedition photographer Xanthe Rivett follow the team led by the Australian National Maritime Museum and reveal the unique marine environments they encountered. Join the expedition team on this underwater story of archaeological discovery and admire the natural beauty of the coral reefs and cays, the backdrop of these ship wrecks.”

Underwater Treasures

The ABC’s Brett Williamson recently published a series of online video reports called “Underwater Treasures”. The series was done in conjunction with Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources maritime heritage officer Amer Khan. It covered a range of SA dive sites, including Edithburgh, Rapid Bay, Second Valley and the Dredge, the Barge, Hobart, Claris and Clan Ranald wrecks. These can be viewed at:

SA Maritime Museum Facebook page

The SA Maritime Museum has opened a new Facebook page which can be found at

Monday, January 14, 2013

"Claris" wreck is believed to be two boats

According to the web page found at, the South Australian wreck  commonly known as the Claris is believed to be two boats. Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources maritime heritage officer Amer Khan said, "It appears to be more than one vessel. There is a 12m steel vessel there, which might be a fishing vessel of some kind, but there is also a large structure that appears to possibly be part of a larger vessel." There is very little known about the items or whether the name for the site refers to the smaller boat or larger wreck. Amer said it was believed that the boats were sunk in the area to provide a refuge for local fish to create a place where snapper would feed.” Could the second vessel be the Kalari? According to , A trail has now been laid between the Claris and Kalari wrecks off of Glenelg. According to the web page at , the Claris is a 12m-long (ship?) wreck about 4km west of the Dredge (South Australian). She lies at a depth of about 25-28m. Her GPS coordinates are said to be 35:00:250 S, 138:21:089 E (WGS84). The GPS coordinates of the nearby Kalari are said to be 35 00 273 S, 138 21 110 E.”