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Mermaid Project Update

11 Jan 2009

Due to the sea conditions on the HMCS Mermaid site on Flora Reef the ANMM / Silentworld expedition vessels have moved to the western side of Sudbury Reef.

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Australian National Maritime Museum

Thank you :)

09 Jan 2009

Kieran asked that as were no longer on the boat if we could make comments on our experiences so here goes (I don’t know how many of you will actually read this but anyway its here). It’s an honest view of what you are like.

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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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