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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 on 6th April. I attended that meeting to hear Eric speak about the book and I was able to purchase…

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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 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 Abernyte. The current family member holding the title is the Honourable Caroline Best and the ship was named for her…

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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 of Greg Adams, The Advertiser & DEWNR) It features three divers along with the bell from the wreck of the…

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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 . Signage at Second Valley in 2009 (Taken by Steve Reynolds) As I wrote in my blog , “A spearfishing ban at Second Valley was proclaimed in March 1992. Page 16 of the 2008 (& 2010) “SA…

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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 hour to complete. It is a loop walk that returns to the start near the picnic and information shelter by…

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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 life, and I had built up a great collection of hundreds of photos of both fish and invertebrates. Unfortunately, I…

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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 easily be seen from the mainland of the Yorke Peninsula. Althorpe Island has a long European history with its lighthouse…

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May 30

May 30, 1997

Port Minlacowie jetty 1916 - State Library of South Australia B32231

Port Minlacowie Jetty

Over Easter in 1988 twelve society members dived at the site of the old jetty at Port Minlacowie. We followed the stumps of the old jetty piles out to the end. We managed to find some broken bits of old steamship crockery and even an intact crew plate. The jetty had been built in 1877 at a cost of 4,759 pounds. It was 1150 feet long, Government owned and controlled by the Minlaton District Council. It was destroyed in 1971…

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Apr 30

April 30, 1997

Port Moorowie ca1916 State Library of SA B12702

Port Moorowie Jetty

In May 1980, Peter Gilbert took me out in his rubber duck for a dive at Broken Bottom. When we arrived at the site I was embarrassed to find that I had left all of my three face masks in my car at the Glenelg ramp. We had to return to the shore to pick one of them up. Eight years later it was Peter’s turn to be embarrassed over forgotten face masks. In 1988, I spent a weekend with…

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