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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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May 27

May 27, 2016

Tumby Bay Author, Eric Kotz

Tumby Bay author, Eric Kotz self-published his second book in February 2016. It is titled “The Jawsome Coast”, sub-titled “A Social History of Australia’s Southern Coastline and the Effect on it of the Great White Shark, its Conservation ‘Industry’ and Shark Tourism”. We assisted Eric in presenting his new book at a meeting of the Underwater Explorer’s Club of SA... Read more

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Jan 3

January 3, 2016

Enquiry from Scotland re the Lady Kinnaird

Late December 2015, we received the following email message from Scotland: – “Hello, I am the webmaster for the community website www.abernyte.org in Scotland. I have been researching the SS Lady Kinnaird which was built on the River Tay at Dundee some 10 miles from our small village and carries the name of the local landowner of Rossie Estate at... Read more

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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... Read more

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Jul 17

July 17, 2015

Second Valley update

Spearfishing There is a spearfishing restriction at “Second Valley Bay”. It has been in place for over 23 years now. The restriction is listed in the “South Australian Recreational Fishing Guide” under “General Fishing Information/Fish Spear/Hand Spear/Powerheads”. It is also listed at http://pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/fishing_gear/permitted_devices . Signage at Second Valley in 2009 (Taken by Steve Reynolds) As I wrote in my blog... Read more

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Jul 17

July 17, 2014

The Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk

During my Marion Bay trip in April 2014, my wife and I visited Stenhouse Bay. We enjoyed walking around the area, including the jetty there. A highlight of the day was a walk on the Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk adjacent to the jetty. The Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk is said to be a 2km easy walk that takes about 1... Read more

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Apr 30

April 30, 2009

Giant Australian Cuttlefish

Diving in Port Lincoln (and more on cuttlefish attacks)

(As told to Steve Reynolds by Phil Porter) Phil Porter from Port Lincoln recently became a new MLSSA member. Phil said that he has been diving in the Port Lincoln area for many years. He did a FAUI scuba course in 1981, and has been into photography since that time. “My main interest has always been the incredible local marine... Read more

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Apr 6

April 6, 2004

Althorpe Islands Google Earth 2012

The Althorpe Islands Group Visit, 2004

On 29th Feb. 2004, the second of what is now an annual expedition to explore a South Australian island group, began with great excitement at the Althorpes island group. The last trip was to the Nuyts group and next year it will be the Investigator/Sir Joseph Banks group. The Althorpes are approximately 8 km SW of Innes National Park and can... Read more

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