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Sep 9

September 9, 2016

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” in our July 2005 newsletter (No.323). The third article was titled “The Wreck of the Schooner Lemael” and it was published in our June 2007 newsletter (No.344). The final one in the series (until now)…

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May 11

May 11, 2016

ANZAC Day dive at Carrickalinga

When David Muirhead suggested that we dive at Carrickalinga for our Anzac Day dive (25th April), I happily agreed, since I hadn’t dived there recently, or very much at all for that matter. It seems that no one else was able to join us that day, so it was just the two of us that met at the car park there on the seafront. We simply had to gear up in the car park and walk down a ramp onto…

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Feb 7

February 7, 2016

Our most recent dive at Second Valley

Our recent dive at Second Valley started at the jetty steps. There was enough activity in the immediate vicinity to capture our attention. This Tulip Shell below the jetty steps could not be ignored due to the amount of growth on its shell: – Tulip Shell, Pleuroploca australasiae I had previously photographed these Pleuroploca australasiae eggs in this location during the month of January: – Someone had been chipping away at the growth on the heavy anchor chain laying below the…

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Jan 4

January 4, 2016

Port Hughes Jetty 2013 - Steve Reynolds

Our ‘Pipefish’ Dive at Port Hughes

We held a dive at the Port Hughes jetty on 2nd January. We were doing a dive that had been postponed from the previous month.We had heard that many juvenile Southern Gulf Pipefish, Stigmatopora narinosa were being seen at the jetty at the time. The divers on the day consisted of Peter Gower, Chris Hall, Kevin Smith & I. A friend of Chris, and Kevin’s mother, were also there with us. This was to be my first dive at the jetty in almost three…

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Dec 13

December 13, 2015

Rapid Bay Dive 5/12/15

We dived at Rapid Bay jetty (for the third time in five weeks) in early December. Our dives all comprised a mixture of Society members and one or two ‘ring ins’. Each dive was completely different to the other two. This latest dive, on 5th December, consisted of some five ‘divers’. I say ‘divers’ because Tony, the overseas visitor whom we were hosting the dive for, was unable to descend and resorted to a bit of snorkelling. David Muirhead started…

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Dec 2

December 2, 2015

A dive ‘full of 9’s’

Chris Hall and I dived together at Rapid Bay on 21st November. Although there isn’t anything unusual about that, one thing about the dive inspired me to write about it. It was a dive ‘full of 9‘s’! We made plans for our dive on 19th November. We planned to meet at Rapid Bay jetty at 9am. We spent 79 minutes underwater. Our maximum depth was 9.9m. The water temperature was a constant 19C. That’s about it really, except that the…

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Oct 2

October 2, 2015

Search for a photo showing the discovery of a ship’s bell

We recently received a request re the supply of a photograph that featured on the front page of The Advertiser about 20 years ago, around 1995. I happened to have kept a copy of the newspaper on file for such occasions. This is the photograph in question: – Three divers and the bell from the Sir Wilfred Lawson (Photo courtesy of Greg Adams, The Advertiser & DEWNR) It features three divers along with the bell from the wreck of the…

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Aug 23

August 23, 2015

The wonderful and diverse syngnathids of Normanville, South Australia

I am a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences where I study the evolutionary relationships among seahorse, seadragons, and pipefish in the family Syngnathidae. I employ DNA sequencing, morphological characters, and underwater photography to gain a better understanding of these relationships which are largely unresolved in this family, and therefore is in need of a major revision which will help in the management and conservation of these fishes. Australia, and in particular Southern Australia, is a major hotspot…

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May 31

May 31, 2014

Map of Marion Bay & SS Willyama wreck - Google Earth 2013

Marion Bay & the wreck of the SS Willyama

As described in my article titled “Three Days at Marion Bay” in our May newsletter, a highlight of our trip was our visit to the site of the wreck of the Willyama near Marion Bay on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. The 2704-ton (or 2705t) SS Willyama sank in Marion Bay, near Rhino Head, on 13th April 1907. She had been built, just 10 years earlier, in 1897 (for the Adelaide Steamship Co.). Her cargo was 4000 tons of coal from Newcastle….

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Jul 7

July 7, 2009

Port Hughes Jetty 2013 - Steve Reynolds

Nudibranch Discovery At Port Hughes Jetty

Hank van der Wijngaart, President of the Scuba Diver Federation of SA went diving at the Port Hughes jetty on Sunday 28th Dec 2008. He found a nudibranch on one of the jetty pylons* there. * (I prefer to call them ‘piles’. Pylons go up, piles go down.) Despite the surgy conditions there, he managed to take a reasonable photo of the nudibranch. Hank thought that it might have been a specimen of Hypselodoris infucata but wanted expert confirmation to be certain of…

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