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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 from where it had been buried in sand to a rocky area where it would be seen more by divers….

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May 10

May 10, 2017

Normanville Jetty and Hotspot

David Muirhead says that the Normanville jetty is “a pretty poor excuse for a jetty”. “I have, however, found some surprisingly good photographic subjects on the piles at high tide, which is all the more titillating given the entire jetty can be above the water mark,” he says. (The present jetty is the second Normanville jetty. The first one was a short distance to the south of the current one but, after severe storm damage, it was decided that repairing…

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May 3

May 3, 2017

The Rescue of Australian Prisoners of War following US attack on Japanese ships during WWII

In 1944, hundreds of Australian and British prisoners of war (PoW) held by the Japanese were briefly held at the River Valley Road Camp in Singapore. They were then going to be sent to Japan to work in coalmines there. A convoy of eight vessels with PoW onboard left Singapore on 6th September 1944. The vessels in the convoy comprised of the 10,000-ton Kachidoki Maru (formerly the American ship President Harrison), two oil tankers, two cruisers, a corvette, another small…

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Apr 30

April 30, 2017

South Australians onboard the final voyage of the Titanic

I had a bit of a surprise when I visited the cemetery at the Aldinga Uniting Church recently. I had gone there to photograph the Star of Greece memorial there. Star of Greece memorial (Taken by Steve Reynolds) I found a couple of graves in the name of McRae near the memorial. What caught my eye was a headstone for the McRae family with a reference to the Titanic. The headstone for the McRae family (with a reference to the…

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Apr 13

April 13, 2017

Update on the wreck of the AV Ulonga

This photo of the AV Ulonga at the North Parade Wharf in Port Adelaide was posted on the Facebook page for The South Australian Ketch Fleet recently: – The Ulonga at Port Adelaide circa early 1960s (Source: https://www.facebook.com/234583500036716/photos/a.237879926373740.1073741831.234583500036716/775086302653097/?type=3&theater ) It came with these details: – “Three mast auxiliary schooner “Ulonga”, at North Parade Wharf, Port Adelaide, sometime in the very early 1960’s. The bow of the ship near her bow belongs to the schooner “Coringle”, also engaged in the same…

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Feb 28

February 28, 2017

“My Wheels” At Second Valley

I love to see “my wheels” when I dive at Second Valley jetty. It’s great when I come across them during my dives there. I’m talking about large cartwheels and ‘truck sets’ that are in the bay between the jetty and ‘boat shed island’. I described these wheels in my articles titled “The Existence of an ‘Underwater Trail’ at Second Valley Jetty”, “The Various ‘Jetties’ at Second Valley” and “More About the Wheels at Second Valley” in our 2011 Journal….

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Dec 8

December 8, 2016

The unveiling of Reg Sprigg’s dive chamber at the Patawalonga, Glenelg North, SA

A long list of lucky events led to me attending the recent unveiling of Reg Sprigg’s dive chamber at Glenelg North (with my wife Noeleen). The dive chamber has been positioned adjacent to the Buffalo replica on the banks of the Patawalonga. Our Patron, Scoresby Shepherd had suggested that I try to get approval to attend the official unveiling. An email request to a namesake sealed the deal for Noeleen & I to attend the event. A good crowd had…

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Oct 9

October 9, 2016

The Exposed Remains of the Original Port Willunga jetty & the Wreck of the Ida

The Star of Greece Café is close to a shipwreck, and it’s not the wreck of the Star of Greece! The wreck of the Ida is down on the beach below the café. The wreck isn’t always visible as she is usually buried in the sand on the beach. She is said to have been “driven ashore about 100 yards south of the jetty”. Not the old jetty mind you. She is located mid-way between the old jetty and the…

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Oct 6

October 6, 2016

THE BARQUE SHANDON & THE SHIP MOUNT STEWART

Sue Simmonds recently sent me the following email message regarding her late father’s love of the Shandon: – “Hi Steve, The “Shandon” was dad’s favourite ship, he loved sail and was probably born fifty years too early.  I’ve also attached a photo of the “Shandon” taken from the “Mount Stewart” off the Coast of Chile in 1918 as mentioned in the story, also a copy of a sketch that Dad did of the “Shandon” plus the letter from the Master…

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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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