Trading ships from the dutch east india company encountered our coastline, leaving shipwrecks, marooned survivors, and some of the best ripping yarns maritime history. Refine your search using any of the following options. Northern western australia shipwrecks enter here to bring up frames page with book codes if not already loaded. From 17th century east indiamen, colonial era traders to modern day oil rigs. Detailed and historically accurate, the book journeys from early colonialism to modern day shipwrecks. Lavishly illustrated, with easytofollow charts locating each wreck as well as a. Western australian shipwrecks 16221850, professional maritime archaeologist, graeme henderson, details stories of the countless traders, whalers, emigrants, convicts, mutineers, slavers and pirates, who had fateful encounters with australia s notorious shipwreck coast between 1622 and 1850. Includes an 8 page colour section of underwater photography. The fascinating accounts of these shipwrecks include stories of murder and mutiny, of gold, silver and piecesofeight, of heroic rescues and lonely strandings, and of wartime. Broome to joseph bonaparte gulf northern western australia, for the purposes of this listing, extends from broome, nestled between gantheaume bay and roebuck bay, to the border with the northern territory just east of cambridge gulf. Historic shipwrecks around australia australian geographic. The museum is housed in 1850sera commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory.
The dutch east india ship voc batavia, which was lost in 1629, is the best known being the subject of many books, articles, an opera and numerous films. I actually saw the hull of the wreck in the western australian shipwreck museum. The science of maritime archaeology in australia commenced with the development of a unit of the wa museum under jeremy green in 1971, and has proved itself to be a dedicated and productive team, now under graeme henderson. Since the english east india companys trial came to grief in 1622, well over fourteen hundred vessels have been wrecked off the western australian coast. Dutch shipwrecks on the western australian coastline. Direct from the archives of the maritime archaeological association of western australia. Within the shipwreck database there are records and details for over 1650 western australian shipwrecks, including the batavia, ss xantho and zuytdorp use the search function to find a specific wreck, or. Classic diving books australian and new zealand shipwrecks. From the first wreck in 1622 off western australia to the tragedy of the 1998 s. The english vessel trial, lost in 1622 on the northwest coast of western australia, is our nations oldestrecorded shipwreck. The australian coast is littered with literally thousands of ships convict transports, whalers, steamers, barques, destroyers, blackbirders from the early dutch wrecks of western australia to the later tragedies of the hmas voyager and farid fares. Maritime archaeology and underwater cultural heritage management have become well established over the past twenty years or so in the asiapacific region, particularly in australia. The largest state in australia, western australia takes up almost a third of the continent.
W estern a ustralian m useum maritime archaeology databases wrecks shipwrecks of western australia. In the 17th and 18th centuries, when the dutch east india company dominated the seas, their ships the batavia, vergulde draeck, zuytdorp and zeewijk also fell foul to the western australia coast sharing this heritage with other countries. There is even one tale of military action around the loss of hmas sydney off the coast of western australia though the book is now out of date in that the wreck of the sydney has now been found. This book covers 15 shipwrecks in the waters around the sydney coastline. From the first wreck in 1622 off western australia to the tragedy of the 1998 sydney to hobart yacht race, evan mchugh captures all the drama of australias maritime history. Western australian museum the earliest sightings of australia by europeans was of the west coast, and from as early as 1622 british, dutch, portuguese and american ships have run foul of the treacherous waters along that. On 1 june, 1878, hampered by mist, rough seas and a wind whipped up by the roaring forties, loch ard struck mutton bird island near port campbell and sunk soon after. The earliest sightings of australia by europeans was of the west coast, and from as early as 1622 british, dutch, portuguese and american ships have run foul of the treacherous waters along that coast line.
Shipwrecks of australias west coast newsouth books. Graeme henderson an invaluable guide for maritime archeologists, recreational divers, historians and others interested in the drama adventure and romance of. Roads spider out from perth, but no main arteries make it into the interior outback. Shipwrecks of western australia maritime archaeology. If you wish to receive our newsletter please enter your email below we will not pass on your details ever. Unfinished voyages western australian shipwrecks 18511880.
The target was the wreck of australias first flagship, the heavy battle cruiser hmas australia. In the 17th and 18th centuries, when the dutch east india company dominated the seas, their ships the batavia, vergulde draeck, zuytdorp and zeewijk also fell foul to the western australia coast sharing this heritage with other countries, some australian shipwrecks. Shipwreck hunter close to lost treasure the west australian. One of the most famous ghost ships that boast paranormal experiences, real paranormal activity and scary true ghost stories is the alkimos. In march 2007 the deepest ever remote operated shipwreck survey was undertaken some 50 kilometres off sydney. There are swashbuckling mutineers, violent storms, uncharted reefs, enemy warships, as well as ripping yarns about dutchmen and lascars, aborigines and escaped convicts. Although rich in history, the period between 1606 and 1770 has been the most neglected part of our history.
One of the states best known shipwrecks, this iron clipper used to carry cargo between liverpool and melbourne. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along was treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the batavia. The western coastline of victoria australia is dotted with tragedy. Western australian shipwrecks 16221850, professional maritime archaeologist, graeme henderson, details stories of the countless traders, whalers, emigrants, convicts, mutineers, slavers and pirates, who had fateful encounters with australias notorious shipwreck coast between 1622 and 1850. Perth, the capital of the region, is the largest city in this huge state. The first known wreck on the western australian coast was the trial tryall in 1622. The wa shipwrecks museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. The site is protected under the commonwealth historic shipwrecks act 1976 and nsw heritage act 1977. Sparsely populated, aside from the coast, only 11% of the nation resides here. Highly recommended as a gift for the avid reader in your circle.
Shipwrecks of australia s west coast is a beautifully fullcolour illustrated, highly readable book, with detailed accounts of all of the major shipwrecks, along with detailed maps and background information on maritime and australian history, and on the fascinating processes of discovery, archaelogical research and conservation of shipwrecks. If you book with tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. This is the 1988 second edition of the book initially published in 1977. Haunted ships have been a fascination of the human mind ever since man inhabited the seas. A documented account of australia s first shipwreck. Eureka australiana book store po box 1239, east victoria park, western australia 6981 overseas. Dedicated to diving and sharing as many of the 1400 known wrecks off the wa coast. Published by university of western australia press, 1988. Shipwrecks australias greatest maritime disasters evan mchugh on. Book your tickets online for wa shipwrecks museum, fremantle. A lot of beaches have these shipwrecks that have been blown ashore and. The maritime archaeology shipwreck database contains information and details on western australian shipwrecks recorded by the western australian museum. Diving western australias shipwrecks home facebook.
Western australian shipwrecks 16221850 graeme henderson. Australias worst shipwrecks have been revealed in a new book called swallowed by the sea photographs show the rusting, barnaclecovered wrecks lying on the seafloor around australias coastline. The cursed alkimos shipwreck, western australia youtube. Western australia shipwrecks enter here to bring up frames page with book codes if not already loaded. The author explains why this is so, and covers in detail the wreck of the loch ard, schomberg, marco polo and lightning, all of which have been subsequently located and dived. Photos reveal australias worst shipwrecks mail online. Western australian shipwrecks oztreasure presented by. I think parts of the book should be covered in the australian curriculum. This book has a fascinating look at the final hours leading up to yongalas loss and the discovery of her final resting place many years later. Western australian shipwrecks, 16221850 9780855641764 by henderson, graeme and a great selection of similar new, used and collectible books available now at great prices. During that period australian researchers and underwater cultural heritage managers have conducted a significant number of important maritime archaeological investigations and have. One of three volumes in the series covering western australian shipwrecks.
All the voc ships following see list below have attracted considerable interest, partly because of the. Australia discovered is a series of books and media encompassing the european discoveries, shipwrecks and settlements of australia before the first settlement in 1788. Dr anderson said western australias coastline was a treasure trove of maritime heritage. Treacherous isolated coastline on the other side of the world is a great place for adventure and way back in the 1600s western australia was on the other side of the world.1036 664 550 1481 931 1395 710 696 9 470 739 616 580 1447 808 180 1556 326 72 1218 576 1397 989 185 935 296 1037 591 525 261 1213 1421