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Ashmore Reef Expedition 2015 – Part 8

After having watched the waves pile up on top of the surrounding reefs for the last five days it was a great relief to finally get out from behind Waier Island and make our way slowly over to the western end of the Cumberland Entrance to commence searching for… 452 more words

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Ashmore Reef Expedition 2015 – Part Seven

For the last five days (except for a brief trip over to Mer Island to allow six team members with pressing work or family commitments to fly back to the mainland) the expedition team have spent almost the entire time holed up on the southern side of Waier Island waiting for the strong North-westerly winds to abate. 814 more words

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Ashmore Reef Expedition 2015 – Part Six

Sea conditions at the wreck site on Ashmore Reef. Credit: Xanthe Rivett, Silentworld Foundation

On the beach at Waier Island. Credit: Xanthe Rivett, Silentworld Foundation… 260 more words

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Ashmore Reef Expedition 2015 – Part Five

Overnight, the wind from the north-west has abated a little and the swell on the northern exposed edge of Ashmore Reef, where the wreck site is located, has decreased. 656 more words

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Ashmore Reef Expedition 2015 – Part Four

Although the Bureau of Meteorology had indicated that we were in for a long spell of great diving conditions — with blue skies and calm seas — the team woke up this morning to grey overcast skies and a stiff breeze from the north-west resulting in a considerable surf building up on the northern edge of the reef. 641 more words

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Ashmore Reef Expedition 2015 – Part Three

The first task today was to buoy the major features of the site including the two anchor clusters, the iron carronades and the various grouping of iron knees and riders and then plot the positions of these features onto a site plan with the help of a GPS. 619 more words

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Ashmore Reef Expedition 2015 – Part Two

After an 18-hour trip, the expedition team arrived at the northern edge of Ashmore Reef on board the expedition vessel The Boss. Towed behind… 657 more words

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