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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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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