• 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 […]

  • February 24, 2016
    Fortuyn fieldwork commences

    Greeted with a beautiful sunrise over flat calm water and a full moon still shining bright, fieldwork commenced. Today equipment was set-up and tested while other team members worked on translating a Dutch account of the loss of the […]

  • February 21, 2016
    Wreck Check successfully trials survey method and equipment in Adelaide

    On Saturday, 20th February James Parkinson and Alex Moss teamed up with Skipper and boat owner Terry Salmond in Adelaide, South Australia. With South local State maritime archaeologist Amer Khan on board assisting, a Geometrics G-882 magnetometer was taken […]

  • January 22, 2016
    Interns to participate on the Closing in on the Fortuyn project announced

    Wreck Check are pleased to announce successful candidates for internships on the upcoming fieldwork at Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The competition was tough, with many extremely qualified applicants, and the association is grateful to these students and professionals for […]