Wreck Reef Expedition: shipwrecks, reefs and a shadowy early mariner

Drawing of Porpoise Cay after Porpoise and Cato are wrecked on Wrecks Reef in 1803. Marooned sailors erect tents on the tiny island and fly their flag upside down to indicate distress. Porpoise is grounded on the reef (far left).

Wrecks, reefs and a seabed search to identify a mysterious early explorer in Australian waters will be the main topics of conversation during the museum’s latest voyage.

On 30 November 2009 our maritime archaeology team sets out on a two week expedition to explore Wreck Reefs in the Coral Sea, one of the reef systems being considered for a proposed Coral Sea Marine Park 230nm off the Queensland coast. Continue reading