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Trip Reports

SS Keilawarra - Feb 2004

After hearing so much about the Keilawarra through friends that have dived the wreck, and seeing all the great images that were taken by Mark Spencer and Kevin Denlay, we Jumped at the opportunity to head north and see it for ourselves.

When the 784 ton iron steamer Keilawarra plunged beneath the seas at night on 8 December 1886 it created history.  The shocking loss of life rocked maritime centres around Australia.  The scale of the disaster, the unnecessary waste of life and tales of cowardice raised alarm, then anger.

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Wellington Gold Mine - Dec 2003

Dave Apperley has explored many caves and shipwrecks over the years, but this was something special to explore, and it  was done solo. This is his account of this adventure.

First heard about it via Newcastle Cave and Technical Divers (Jarn Hodgson) in 1996. However mishandling of landowner relations meant site has been unvisited by divers until now. While cave diving in the area a local was quizzed about the possibility of a flooded mine to 1100ft depth. The local knew of a mine similar and put us in touch with the landowner. Landowner was more than happy to have us on the property and spent considerable time explaining the history of the mine, value of gold retrieved, etc, etc.

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SS Cumberland - Nov 2003

The following story is a report by Samir Alhafith on the latest expedition Sydney Project has undertaken to be the first divers to see this wreck since it went down in 1918.

SS Cumberland was a steel twin screw steamship of 8993 gross tons and 144.4 metres in length (474 feet). Built by Hamilton & Co. at Glasgow, Scotland, in 1915, the vessel was registered in London with Official No. 139102. With four masts and owned by the Federal Steam Navigation Company Ltd., SS Cumberland was powered by four steam turbines.

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