Frederick Reef Archaeological Survey – Congrats!

Before a change of subject – as the archaeological team share their experiences from Saumarez Reef in search of the Woodlark and Noumea shipwrecks – we’d like to reflect on the survey at Frederick Reef.

The search for shipwreck Royal Charlotte has been a great success, but we have to admit, we’ve held back on a few details (sorry!). We can now confirm that the team have found the anchor and canon from the Royal Charlotte!  Everyone at the museum is excited about the finds and sends their congratulations to the dive team.

Below are some images of the anchor and canon, part of the Royal Charlotte wreck of 1825.

Scuba diver with anchor from Royal Charlotte shipwreck

The anchor! Photographer: Xanthe Rivett

Scuba divers measuring anchor

Measuring the anchor. Photographer: Xanthe Rivett

Detail of canon from shipwreck Royal Charlotte

The canon. Where’s Wally? Spot the little fish in the photo.

2 thoughts on “Frederick Reef Archaeological Survey – Congrats!

  1. February 2012
    Thank you for your articles on your expedition to the wreck of the Royal Charlotte.
    I will be following the outcome with great interest.
    My curiosity stems from research I was carrying out during January 2012 on my Gt Gt Gt Grandfather – Joseph Thompson who was a corporal in the 57th Regiment of Foot aboard the Royal Charlotte in 1825.
    His job was to guard the convicts on their journey from Portsmouth, England to Sydney, Australia.
    On the 28th January 2012 my research revealed that it was the Royal Charlotte that he had set sail on from England and that his wife Mary who accompanied him, had given birth to a son Joseph Corbyn Thompson during the voyage.
    I was quite surprised and thrilled to discover that the Master or Captain of the ship was also named Joseph Corbyn. My ancestors obviously held him in some high regard for them to name their child after him.
    It was so uncanny that as I made these discoveries on 28th January 2012, I went straight to Google to learn more about the Royal Charlotte and to my surprise read that that very day the Royal Charlotte was the subject of an expedition by the Australian National Maritime Museum. So bizarre!
    I have also learned that Captain Joseph Corbyn also commanded the ship as it sailed on what was to be its last voyage, just five or six weeks after the convicts and my 3 x Gt Grandparents arrived in Sydney in April 1825.
    My sister Sylvia Blight is so thrilled by these revelations that she has allocated a page to her town website about our family discovery and the Ozzie expedition. See
    There are now a few more Poms eagerly awaiting news of what’s going on down under ‘down under’!!! We look forward to reading more about your finds in the future.
    Great photos by the way!

    Julia Naylor (nee Thompson)

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