Large Anchors Found at Normanville

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A couple of large anchors were found at Normanville between the late 1960s and late 1970s. Either of these two anchors may have been from the wreck of the Guldax, a 556-ton wooden barque built in Norway in 1878. In October 2018, I wrote at https://stevesshipwrecksite.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-wreck-of-guldax.html , “The wooden barque […]

More on the Santiago Wreck

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What connections are there between the wreck of the Santiago in the North Arm of the Port River and the Willyama wreck at Marion Bay? Since writing Update of the Rusting Wreck of the Santiago recently, and after reading “Garden Island Ships’ Graveyard” again, I asked Nathan Richards for his […]

The Cape Don

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The historic (Lighthouse Supply and Navigational Aids Maintenance Ship) MV Cape Don is a “part of the maritime history of Australia”. (Photo courtesy of MV Cape Don Society) The Cape Don was built in at the Newcastle State Dockyards in NSW. The keel was laid in 1961 and the ship […]

Captain Arthur Wright – Master of the David Witton

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According to Captain Arthur Wright – Ancestor History, Captain Arthur Wright was a seafaring captain who brought “supplies, prisoners and free settlers from England, Ireland and Scotland to Hobart” (then Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land). Wright was born in St Mary, Islington, Middlesex, England to William and Catherine Wright in […]

The sinking of the PS Renmark (and the recovery of some of its artefacts)

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The PS Renmark burned at Goolwa on 2nd February 1951, shortly after being refitted as a tourist steamer (according to “Redgum & Paddlewheelers” by Peter J Phillips). Here is a picture from the State Library of South Australia when the PS Renmark was a showboat: – State Library of South […]