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Feb 8

February 8, 2019

Much More to Fletcher’s Dock Than Meets the Eye

Much More to Fletcher’s Dock Than Meets the Eye by Steve Reynolds As reported in my article titled The Dunnikier Slip (& Its Links With The City Of Adelaide) (published in our April 2008 Newsletter), Henry Fletcher built a slipway at Birkenhead between 1849 and 1851. As explained in my article, “In the 1880s, Henry Fletcher began to excavate a... Read more

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Jul 4

July 4, 2018

Another Day on the Port River

It was meant to be a windy day. It started with a shower of rain too. I thought to myself, “That’s it, I won’t be able to (or be keen to) go kayaking today”. Then I saw this wonderful double rainbow outside my home: – The rain had stopped and there was no wind at all. “That’s it,” I thought,... Read more

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May 26

May 26, 2018

Fletcher’s Slip

We were recently approached about taking a look at the Fletcher’s Slip site at Birkenhead, so I am reviewing the topic of the slip here below: – Fletcher’s Slip was located on the north bank of Gawler Reach on the Port Adelaide River at Birkenhead. It was the first slipway to be established at Birkenhead. It was built by Henry... Read more

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May 15

May 15, 2018

More About The ‘Edithburgh Anchor’

Steve Simmons has now sent us some further details regarding the anchor newly discovered at the Edithburgh swimming pool: – “Hi Steve, just a follow up on the anchor, I’ve now placed a guideline from one of the old sea net pylons all the way to the anchor about 200m. The Edithburgh swimming pool (Photo taken by Steve Simmons) Of... 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 19

September 19, 2017

More About the Normanville Communication Cable

Further to my article “The 1875 Communication Cable from Normanville to Kangaroo Island”, whether the cable was installed in during the 1860s or the 1870s, has been a niggling doubt for the author. The few historical records I’d come across seemed to vary a bit as to key dates with regards to the draft project’s definitive government funding approval date, works commencement and completion dates,... Read more

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Sep 13

September 13, 2017

The 1875 Communication Cable from Normanville to Kangaroo Island

In December 1875, a submarine communication cable ran from Normanville to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island. Society member and local resident, David Muirhead sent us the following details and photographs concerning the cable: – The spot where the communication cable to Kangaroo Island ran into the sea at Normanville (Taken by David Muirhead) The jigsaw-shaped bit of wet sand at 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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