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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 13

October 13, 2019

A Little More About the Trafalgar and the Alert

A Little More About the Trafalgar and the Alert by Steve Reynolds Further to the details provided in Changes Over Time to Two Wreck Sites at the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard, the 1877-built paddle steamer Trafalgar may have been beached in the Jervois Basin in the 1940s, The paddle steamer Trafalgar at Echuca This picture is taken from “Redgum &... Read more

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Sep 26

September 26, 2019

David Witton anchor anniversary

David Witton anchor anniversary by Steve Reynolds Continuing my recent focus on Witton Bluff, as I wrote in our May 1985 newsletter, it “is situated at the southern end of Christies Beach, just before the northern end of the Port Noarlunga reef. There is a reef at Witton Bluff which extends out to sea from the mainland. It is fully... Read more

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Jul 25

July 25, 2019

Changes Over Time to Two Wreck Sites at the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard

Changes Over Time to Two Wreck Sites at the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard By Steve Reynolds There are several wrecks in the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard at Ethelton. Two such wrecks are the Trafalgar and the Alert. Here is an early photo of the Trafalgar when it was still a paddle steamer at Echuca: – The paddle steamer Trafalgar at... Read more

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Jul 22

July 22, 2019

The Growth of Mangroves at the Jervois Basin, Ethelton

The Growth of Mangroves at the Jervois Basin, Ethelton by Steve Reynolds On 20th July 2019, I visited the Jervois Basin Ships’ Graveyard, along with Phill McPeake’s son-in-law Danny and his brother Gerard, with some of their children. We were there to record details of the Trafalgar wreck as part of the GIRT Scientific Divers program. Danny & I, along... Read more

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Jul 10

July 10, 2019

Work begins on the Port Adelaide Anchor Trail

The Marine Life Society of South Australia is pleased to announce that research and development on the Port Adelaide Anchor Trail is officially underway. The project was conceived in early 2019 by Society president Steve Reynolds, who has a life-long interest in the maritime history of South Australia. Steve first identified the potential to present the large historic anchors scattered... Read more

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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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