Sunday, November 16, 2014

One of John Franklin's lost ships was located this year (2014)

Further to my article "The Connections Between Matthew Flinders, Sir John Franklin & Lord Hallam Tennyson" in the MLSSA Journal, No.20, 2010 ( )one of John Franklin's lost ships was located this year (2014). Visit for further details.

Friday, September 19, 2014


In September, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) found the wreck of the Nelson, a large three-masted schooner built in 1866, in Lake Superior. The GLSHS found the 199’-long schooner in over 200’ of water. Society members were out in the organisation’s 50’ research vessel, the David Boyd, when they came across something on the sonar that appeared to be a shipwreck. Side-scan sonar is employed to analyze the lake bottom and identify submerged wrecks. They ultimately sent a diver down to take pictures and try to identify the wreck. Eric Foreman was the diver in question and he was the first person to see the ship in more than 100 years. It is said to be amazingly intact despite laying on the bottom of Lake Superior for 115 years. The vessel sank near Grand Marais, Michigan, in May 1899 after foundering in the midst of a spring gale, claiming the lives of all but one of the 10 on board. Only the captain survived. The Nelson, along with another schooner named the Mary Mitchell, was being towed towards Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula by the steamer A.Folsum on May 13, 1899 when the three vessels encountered rough waters caused by a spring gale. Captain AE White of the A.Folsum made the decision to turn the boats back to port when he noticed that the Nelson was lulling. The tow line snapped and the Nelson began to make a quick descent under water. Captain Hagginey/Haganey, the captain of the Nelson, quickly put his wife, infant child and the rest of the crew into a lifeboat before jumping from the sinking boat. By the time that he resurfaced, the ship was almost completely submerged and the lifeboat had been pulled under with it. The Captain's family and the rest of the crew all perished. The crew included the ship’s cook and a Richard Francis Cottrell. According to , “Captain Haganey of the Nelson remained aboard his sinking ship to lower the life-boat, which contained the crew, his wife and infant child. Once lowered, Captain Haganey jumped overboard to gain the lifeboat himself. He landed in the water, and upon surfacing witnessed the stern of his vessel rise up as the ship dove for the bottom. The line was still attached to the lifeboat, which took his crew and family along with the sinking ship.” Haganey himself survived after grabbing onto a piece of debris and eventually finding his way to shore at the Deer Park Life-Saving Station, where he was nursed back to health. The wreck-site is now being documented by the GLSHS for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. The Museum is located at Whitefish Point, Michigan. It is open to the public seasonally from May 1 to October 31. The GLSHS is said to be a leader in the field of underwater exploration and shipwreck documentation on the Upper Great Lakes. The Society was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, teachers, and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior, near Whitefish Point in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula. It operates the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and the U.S. Weather Bureau Building, SooLocksPark, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. The Weather Bureau is open year-round. Visit for more details.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Study on "Mars"

Researchers and divers have started studying the Mars, the pride of Sweden's 16th-century navy, has held for 450 years. The Mars lies at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, where it sank during a naval battle in 1564. (Source: )

Friday, July 4, 2014

More on the AE2

Further details re the AE2 can be found at . "A team of Australian and Turkish engineers, scientists and divers have captured underwater vision from inside Australia's first wartime submarine, the AE2." There are a few images and 2 mins of video footage.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The conning tower hatch of submarine AE2 was opened last month

Last month, the conning tower hatch of Royal Australian Navy submarine AE2 was opened. High definition cameras and imaging sonar were inserted through the opening and an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) surveyed inside the submarine. The AE2 was scuttled in deep water in the Sea of Marmara on 30th April 1915. (Source: )

Saturday, May 31, 2014


SA ships that became wrecks during the month of June in the 1800s include the Edith Haviland, Fanny, Geltwood, Prince of Wales, Koenig Willem II, Lotus and Victoria. All these shipwrecks occurred in south-eastern South Australia.


The Tobruk Dive Experience Team is trying to secure the HMAS Tobruk as a dive wreck at St Helens, Tasmania. They urgently need our help. Please visit their web site for more information, contact details and take the survey. It only takes three minutes. Visit: , Email: , Direct link to the Survey: .

The Wreck of the Willyama

My recent article “The Wreck of the Willyama” can now be seen online at