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Oct 29

October 29, 2019

The Loss and Recovery of the Anchors from Matthew Flinders’ Ship HMS Investigator

The Loss and Recovery of the Anchors from Matthew Flinders’ Ship HMS Investigator by Steve Reynolds The large anchor inside the South Australian Maritime Museum is from Matthew Flinders’ ship HMS Investigator. It is a 4m-long, 1 tonne stocked anchor and it is possibly the oldest known anchor in South Australia. It has a (replica) large wooden stock. It was... Read more

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Oct 14

October 14, 2019

Return to Christies Reef

Return to Christies Reef by Steve Reynolds A small group of us visited Christies Reef on 11th October 2019. It was a return visit for myself, following up on my visit there earlier in the year. The three of us got to dive independently (unintentionally). My own dive time underwater was a miserable 45 minutes, but I had enjoyed exploring... Read more

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Sep 26

September 26, 2019

Species sighted at Witton Bluff & Christies Reef

Species sighted at Witton Bluff & Christies Reef by Steve Reynolds As reported in My Early Diving Days , Witton Bluff is the high point on the coast between Port Noarlunga and Christies Beach. It is named after the 1839 wreck of the David Witton. I did my first sea snorkel there in January 1978. I returned there later that year with... Read more

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Sep 23

September 23, 2019

My Early Diving Days

My Early Diving Days by Steve Reynolds Witton Bluff is the high point on the coast between Port Noarlunga and Christies Beach. It is named after the 1839 wreck of the David Witton. I did my ‘first’ sea snorkel there in January 1978. I say ‘first’ because I had briefly used one of those ‘ping pong’ mask and snorkels as... Read more

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May 7

May 7, 2018

More About the Star of Greece Anchor at Semaphore Jetty

Just in case you miss it, I have now updated my article Some Anchor Stories after locating this old photo of the Sea Captains’ Memorial at Semaphore: – The Star of Greece anchor mounted on a large brick wall (Taken by Steve Reynolds) This photo shows the original site of the Captains’ Memorial between the Semaphore jetty and the Palais building. There was... Read more

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Mar 31

March 31, 2018

Some Anchor Stories

“Star of Greece” author, Paul Simpson says that this large anchor at Semaphore jetty is the swing anchor from the Star of Greece. The large Trotman anchor at Semaphore jetty (said to be the swing anchor from the Star of Greece) (Taken by Steve Reynolds) “It’s a Trotman anchor,” he says, “she carried two (Trotman anchors) and two admiralty patents... Read more

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Mar 5

March 5, 2018

Historic anchor discovery at Edithburgh, South Australia

On 5th of February this year, “Scuba Steve” Simmons and Steve ‘Robbo’ Robinson dived at Edithburgh, South Australia. They both went for a scooter dive from the jetty, as they regularly do. They tend to go looking for crabs or other sea life, or just exploring. They just head off together in a random direction. On this occasion, they chose to... Read more

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Sep 25

September 25, 2017

Long-nosed fur seal at Encounter-Bay by Emma Monceaux

Long-nosed fur seals hauling out at the Fort Glanville breakwater

I had a pleasant surprise on Friday afternoon, when I was treated to an intimate encounter with South Australia’s most notorious pinniped. I’m talking about Arctocephalus forsteri, the long-nosed fur seal; loved by many and detested by some. Previously known as the New Zealand fur seal, its common name caused some confusion in the community, as people falsely assumed that the... Read more

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Sep 3

September 3, 2017

Artefacts from Argosy Lemal at Port River Sailing Club

As I stated in my article titled Follow-up on the Schooners Lemael & Booya  , “I had previously written a series of articles regarding a number of sailing ships, but two in particular – the Booya and the Lemael. The series started with “Cyclone Tracy Shipwrecks” in our April 2005 newsletter (No.320). This was followed by “More About the Booya”... Read more

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Jul 6

July 6, 2017

Port Noarlunga Anchor’s Anniversary

The ‘big’ anchor at Port Noarlunga reef has been there as long as I have known, but only just. It was apparently placed in position at the reef just under two weeks before I did my first dive there. It was years before I got to see it though. It was Sunday 22nd January 1978 when divers moved the anchor... Read more

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