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On site update

09 Jan 2009

Dear All, over the last couple of days a lot has been happening on the site. The first divers in yesterday were Nigel from the Museum and Greg a guest diver with our sponsor’s Silentworld. Nigel and Greg continued their remote sensing survey of the wreck – one of the more interesting items they located was a copper alloy ship’s fastening called a ‘dump’.

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Its the Mermaid

07 Jan 2009

Over the last couple of days the dive team have made a number of significant discoveries on Flora Reef. Two days ago during a magnetometer survey on the southern side of the reef the team picked up a small but impressive magnetometer signal about 150 meters offshore from what was then Flora Reef Unidentified shipwreck No 2.

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A Mauser in the House?

06 Jan 2009

My name’s Dave Earl and I’m a volunteer intern in the curatorial department of the museum. For the past six months I’ve been researching and documenting the museum’s collection of naval and civilian small-arms.I’m no expert on weaponry—when I’m not at the museum I’m undertaking a PhD in social and cultural history at the University of Sydney— but the project is providing a great chance to become familiar with the museum’s staff, collections, and registration processes. I’ve been uncovering some intriguing new information about many of the small-arms held by the museum, and in the future will be performing a much needed update to the catalogue information stored in the museum’s digital catalogue, The Museum System.

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Day 5- Wooow

06 Jan 2009

I didn’t sleep much at all and then it was ten to seven so I literally had to jump out of bed and get ready to come and have breakfast. Which I ate very quickly so that we could be ready to leave… I couldn’t see properly cause my eyes were blurry and I had a massive headache. A good way to start the day.

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