From 'Australia's Titanic' to deadly mutineers: 4 infamous shipwrecks found on the Great Barrier Reef

McAllister, Maddy (2022) From 'Australia's Titanic' to deadly mutineers: 4 infamous shipwrecks found on the Great Barrier Reef. The Conversation, 4 February 2022.

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The Great Barrier Reef is incredible, with turquoise water, stunning reefs and white sandy cays. Yet its name infers something quite different – a barrier: treacherous, dynamic and dangerous to navigate. For millennia, people navigated and traded across the northern coast of Australia and the Coral Sea.

When early European seafarers came face-to-face with the world’s largest coral reef system, it was not the beauty they saw, but a nearly unnavigable structure that could easily sink their ships. Throughout the past 230 years, over 1,200 vessels met their end on the reef – but only 114 have been found.

Research Statement

Research Background The article highlights the potential of underwater cultural heritage - particularly - shipwrecks on the Great Barrier Reef.
Research Contribution Ongoing research into protected historic shipwrecks located within Queensland waters. In addition, this article aims to raise awareness and knowledge of shipwrecks around Australia and what we can learn from them about our past and history.
Research Significance Archaeological, historical and tourism significance relevant to the Great Barrier Reef.
Item ID: 72055
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2201-5639
Keywords: shipwrecks; maritime archaeology; great barrier reef; cultural heritage; maritime heritage
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Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2022 01:46
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430108 Maritime archaeology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130401 Assessment of heritage value @ 40%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology @ 40%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130402 Conserving collections and movable cultural heritage @ 20%
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