• March 8, 2016
    2016 Fieldwork finishes on Christmas Island – now its off to Cocos Keeling Island.

    We are now reasonably confident that the lost 1724 Dutch ship Fortuyn does not lie between 0-30 metres in the water off Christmas Island. We have re-run the priority areas on the south-west side of the island with a […]

  • March 6, 2016
    Penultimate day of diving on Christmas Island

    Waterlogged is the best way to describe the way we all feel after the last few days. Whether diving or on the boat we have been wet. Some rain showers were so strong it was a drier feeling in […]

  • March 5, 2016
    Remote sensing process on Closing in on the Fortuyn project

    A crucial element in the season’s work is the remote sensing process. The aim is to have capability for acquiring, processing, analysing and interpreting good data, with the result of allowing diver based searches of these targets the following […]

  • March 4, 2016
    The Big Blue!

    Diving to identify magnetic anomalies started today. All the planning, survey, analysis and preparation now culminates in a few dives over the coming days when we hope to see something that nature does not produce – a straight line! […]

  • March 2, 2016
    90% of archaeology happens in the office!

    The wind has definitely picked up and we are off the water. This does not mean work has not continued. The bad weather has given us a chance to look at gathered data and do a gap analysis. Refocussed […]

  • March 1, 2016
    1852 Survivor

    In 1852 the three survivors from the Dutch sailing ship Vice Admiraal Rijk spent 57 days marooned on Christmas Island. They drifted ashore at the North West Pt on a makeshift raft after their vessel ran headlong into the […]

  • February 29, 2016
    Rain delays play!

    Today we were kept to shore with torrential rain pouring on the island. Not that rain should in itself stop maritime archaeology but as we are using electronics and the water integrity of the vessel’s cabin is not perfect, […]

  • February 28, 2016
    The Dutch barque Vice-Admiraal Rijk

    The Wreck Check team are looking for a second shipwreck on the south-west coast of Christmas Island. They were made aware of the wreck’s circumstances by Thomas Creemers. The Dutch bark Vice Admiraal Rijk was on a voyage from […]

  • February 27, 2016
    All praise the Goddess of the Sea!

    What an amazing run of good weather we have had. This is not too much of a shock since we deliberately came to the island during the best season for calm seas, namely cyclone season. Touch wood we shall […]

  • February 26, 2016
    Update on Fortuyn Project fieldwork

    Yesterday 25 February – we spent the day on the water surveying with Azmi Yon, Renata de’Jong and Rob Muller from Parks Australia. The weather was excellent and we managed to get near the coastline on some very weather […]