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RELEVANT MARINE
GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS
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The following books and booklets have been published by the various Australian state government departments responsible for maritime heritage and custodians of protected shipwrecks, both national and state.
By state:  SOUTH AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA  Many of these are no longer available. Try us. 

See also Australian Shipwrecks.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
CONSERVING OUR HISTORIC SHIPWRECKS.  Covers thirty-two historic shipwreck sites in South Australia, giving a brief history of the ship, and an indication of the condition of the site and what remains of the vessel.
Booklet, mono plates, 42 pages. 
$6.00
INVESTIGATOR STRAIT MARITIME HERITAGE TRAIL
This excellent booklet of 36 pages with mono prints covers eight shipwrecks in the straits between the Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island, plus another six briefly mentioned off the Althorpe Islands. A brief history of the loss of each ships followed by wrecksite details, each with longitude and latitude points. Some ships have a wrecksite plan. 
$8.00
GARDEN ISLAND SHIPS' GRAVEYARD
Garden Island at the entrance to the Port Adelaide River is a huge ships' graveyard with old sailing ships, steamers, barges, ferries and pontoons, from 1856 to 1945. This fine small book of 50 pages covers the major vessels scuttled, with a brief description of their history, their current condition, and recent photographs. There is a wealth of history in these old vessels which only have been given the respect they deserve. 
$10.00
RIVER BOAT TRAIL - SOUTH AUSTRALIA
A delightful book of A4 size, 36 pages, with colour photographs, giving an excellent historic description of the ports from Paringa down to Goolwa, and the river boats that plied the Murray River.
$8.00
SHIPWRECKS OF ENCOUNTER BAY AND BACKSTAIRS PASSAGE
By Cosmos Coroneos. 
A4 size, 134 pages, mono photographs. Another professionally produced book in the South Australian Maritime Heritage Series, covering twenty-eight major vessels. The substantial introductory paragraphs cover a geographical expose of the study area, an historical overview of the region, and methodology of site examination. The shipwreck gazette section provides each vessel with a brief history and recent site conditions; some with site diagrams, and photographs. 
Glossary and extensive bibliography included.
$24.00
SHIPWRECKS OF INVESTIGATOR STRAIT AND THE LOWER YORKE PENINSULA
By Cosmos Coroneos and Robert McKinnon. 
This A4 size, 120 page monograph is the definitive work on the shipwrecks of the region, and covers much of the maritime archaeological surveys on the sites conducted by the (South Australia) Department for Environment and Heritage. Twenty-six wrecks are included, each with a brief history of the vessel and her situation when lost. The substantial introductory paragraphs cover a geographical expose of the study area, an historical overview of the region, and methodology of site examination. 
Glossary and extensive bibliography.
$24.00
SOUTHERN OCEAN SHIPWRECK TRAIL.
Covers a dozen of so major shipwrecks along the south-east coast of South Australia, from the Coorong down to Port MacDonnell. The 46 page booklet on quality paper is printed in two colours, with many photographs, and a brief description of each wreck. 
Site co-ordinates are not included. 
$8.00
WARDANG ISLAND MARITIME HERITAGE TRAIL
Wardang Island off Port Victoria in Spencer Gulf, South Australia, has eight major shipwrecks off its shores. This excellent booklet of 24 pages gives a brief history of the ship, and detailed sight bearings to locate the wreck. 
A drawing of each wrecksite is shown. 
A separate insert sheet provides GPS co-ordinates. 
$8.00
WHALING AND SEALING SITES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
by Parry Kostoglou and Justin McCarthy. 
Covers eighteen whaling sites and eight sealing sites on the coast of South Australia. Each site includes an historic background, and recent site descriptions, with photographs and some site diagrams. A4 size, 78 pages, mono prints. Bibliography.
$20.00

 
VICTORIA
AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF SEALING AND WHALING SITES IN VICTORIA
Karen Townrow.
The 40-page, A4 size mono booklet covers the history of nine sites in Victoria, complete with wrecksite diagrams and archaeological finds.
A very important historical work.
$10.00
CLONMEL - DISASTER TO DISCOVERY
Peter Harvey. 
The loss of the paddle-steamer Clonmel in 1841 east of Wilsons Promontory led to the opening up of the rich pastoral lands of south Gippsland. This well designed book of 28 pages in full colour, provides an historical background to colonial Victoria, a history of the ship and her loss,  the rescue and subsequent settlement of Port Albert and the neighbouring district. Wrecksite description and site plan is also covered. 
$12.00
PORT PHILLIP SHIPWRECKS - AN HISTORICAL SURVEY
The four books in this series represent a major authoritative work on the vessels lost in Port Phillip. All known details of each ship and wrecksite, as per the Heritage Victoria database, are included in the books which are divided by period and region. Of particular interest and importance are the  various chapters which include such topics as social change, maritime technology, maritime archaeology methodology, and an analysis of the reasons for loss in the regions of the bay. Very important historical documents. 
Stage 1. Vessels lost within a ten nautical mile radius of the Heads, inside Port Phillip.
Stage 2. Vessels lost within a ten nautical mile radius of the Heads, outside Port Phillip.
Stage 3. Vessels lost in the area south of Point Cook on the west side and of Ricketts point, Beaumaris, on the east side of the Bay. 
Stage 4. Vessels lost in the area north of Point Cook on the west side and of Ricketts point, Beaumaris, on the east side of the Bay. 
$16.00 each.
SILTS IN THE SIGHT GLASS - PROTECTORS AND RAIDERS OF THE SS CITY OF LAUNCESTON. 
By Shirley Strachan.  $22.00
An excellent full colour square format booklet of 80 pages covering the history of the vessel and her loss after colliding with the SS Penola in Port Phillip Bay on 19 November 1865. The wreck site drawings and photograph of a model of the site is extremely informative and interesting as there was considerable archaeological work done on the site. The re-discovery of the illusive wreck (site) is included, and the attempt to protect the site from vandals. There was an early attempt to raise the vessel which proved unsuccessful. The brief history of shipping in the bay is also of great interest. 
SURF COAST WRECKS
Historic Shiprecks Between Point Lonsdale and Cape Otway, 1853-1940
Ross Anderson & Anne Cahir. 
As would be expected from two maritime archaeology staff at Heritage Victoria, this is an excellnt, thoroughly researched with a fascinating introduction to shipwrecks in the region, followwed by an alphabetic listing of some detail on each historic shipqwreck. The history of each vessel is included, followed by details of it loss, its physical construction and cargo, lifes lost, crew, salvage and long-lat cordinates for the vssel where knon. Of particular value is the list of primary and secondary sources. 
Softcover, A4 size, 268 pages, mono sepia prints, index. 
$24.00
THE WILD COAST WRECKS
Leonie Foster.
Another excellent publication put out by Heritage Victoria, this on covering the wrecks from Moonlight Bay to Port Fairy, on what is generally called the Shipwreck Coast. Whereas it has limited historic information, each vssel listed is covered in regards to its physical dimensions, base information on construction and registration, where lost, and location by longitude and latitude. Of particulr importance is the list of primary and secondary sources for each listing. Softcover, 142 pages, mono prints (some of less thn exceptional quality), index. 
$18.00
TIME AND TIDE - A GUIDE TO THE WRECK OF THE BARQUE WILLIAM SALTHOUSE
Marion Elliget and Harry Breidahl. 
This fine oblong booklet of 32 pages printed in colour on gloss art paper gives a complete history of the vessel and her loss, and subsequent legal protection. Considerable archaeological work has been done on the fragile wrecksite by Heritage Victoria. 
The booklet includes recent site drawings and descriptions, artifacts recovered, and a plea for its future protection.
$8.00
WRECKS ON THE REEF - A GUIDE TO THE HISTORIC SHIPWRECKS AT PORT PHILLIP HEADS
An oblong-shaped book of 64 pages, with central colour plates; covers some thirty of the major wrecks on the Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean reefs at the entrance to Port Phillip. Historical information on the vessel and her loss is included with a description of the wrecksite. Some site plans are shown. Mono photographs. 
$20.00
18/5/13 - None listed on Classic Dive books.
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