Maritime Museum searches for lost shipwrecks and last mysteries of deep

Maritime Museum searches for lost shipwrecks and last mysteries of the deep

This week marks National Archaeology Week and the Australian National Maritime Museum and Silentworld Foundation are co-hosting an exclusive evening in conversation with some of Australia’s most exciting maritime archaeologists.

From what it’s like to uncover the last mysteries of the Titanic, to finding long-lost mystery shipwrecks, to how we map from space the impacts of shipwrecks on reefs and the environment – this one-off mini-series evening will be hosted at the Maritime Museum in conjunction with Silentworld Foundation, on Thursday 23 May and is not to be missed.

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“Our oceans are the last great unexplored frontier. We know less about our oceans than we do the surface of the moon,” muses Dr James Hunter, Australian National Maritime Museum Maritime Archaeologist.

‘Maritime Archaeology Mysteries’ is a special addition to the Museum’s Ocean Talks series as part of National Archaeology Week. The evening will feature five of the country’s most important and interesting maritime archaeologists who among them have over 113 years experience exploring the mysteries of our oceans:

Emily Jateff, Australian National Maritime Museum

Topic: The last mysteries of the Titanic.

About Emily:

· Dived on the Titanic with James Cameron to discover its last secrets.

· Chief Scientist on the CSIRO / Australian National Maritime Museum expedition that found the long-lost SS Iron Crown, which was sunk by Japanese submarine in WWII with the loss of 38 lives. Iron Crown was one of Australia’s most famous lost wrecks until its discovery on 17 April this year.

· Recording an American Civil War-era bridge in the U.S. state of Georgia.

· Investigating and mapping WWII heritage sites for public interpretation, increasing cultural tourism opportunities in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Dr James Hunter, Australian National Maritime Museum

Topic: The Barque South Australian – Discovery and Documentation of South Australia’s Oldest Known Shipwreck.

About James:

· Survey of the illegally salvaged shipwreck site of HMAS Perth (I) in Indonesia.

· Discovery and investigation of the barque South Australian – South Australia’s oldest documented shipwreck, and one of the vessels that brought the initial wave of free settlers to the then-colony of South Australia in the late 1830s.

· Discovery and documentation of Australia’s first submarine, HMAS AE1.

· Involved in ongoing collaborative shipwreck surveys in the Coral Sea undertaken by the Museum and the Silentworld Foundation.

Irini Malliaros, Silentworld Foundation

Topic: Black as Reefs.

About Irini:

· A champion for women in archaeology.

· One of the team that discovered HMAS AE1 after 103 years. She was literally the only female on board, including deck crew, galley staff etc.

· Worked on the site and artefact collection of a 16th century Elizabethan warship in Alderney, Channel Islands.

Paul Hundley, Silentworld Foundation

Topic: Boots and All – Recent Shipwreck Discoveries in the Coral Sea.

About Paul:

· Working on American Revolutionary War shipwrecks in the states of Maine and Virginia.

· Dived on the early Dutch shipwrecks off the Western Australian coast.

· Worked on the reconstruction of the Batavia.

· Currently diving on and mapping shipwrecks across the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea and Torres Strait.

Kieran Hosty, Australian National Maritime Museum

Evening host

About Kieran:

· The hunt for Cook’s Endeavour in the USA.

· Survey of the illegally salvaged shipwreck site of HMAS Perth (I) in Indonesia.

· The survey and excavation of the shipwrecks of Sydney Cove (1797), HMS Pandora (1791) and HMCS Mermaid (1829).

· Three books and around 100 professional articles to his credit.

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