New PDF release: Please God Send Me a Wreck: Responses to Shipwreck in a 19th

By Brad Duncan, Martin Gibbs

ISBN-10: 1493926411

ISBN-13: 9781493926411

ISBN-10: 149392642X

ISBN-13: 9781493926428

This e-book explores the old and archaeological facts of the relationships among a coastal group and the shipwrecks that experience happened alongside the southern Australian coastline during the last a hundred and sixty years. It strikes past a spotlight on shipwrecks as occasions and indicates the fast and long-term fiscal, social and symbolic importance of wrecks and strandings to the folks at the coastline. This quantity attracts on huge oral histories, documentary and archaeological learn to envision the tensions in the neighborhood, negotiating its method among its roles as shipwreck saviours and salvors.

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2 Port Phillip and surrounding areas high and low tides when the water levels reached equilibrium, known as “slack water” (Fig. 2). Once through The Rip, Port Phillip offers comparatively calm waters but also a different set of hazards for mariners. The Bay is dissected by sand and mud banks created by sediments constantly being deposited and removed by the water flushing into and out of it. These banks are interspersed with up to six naturally occurring channels created by former river courses and tidal influences.

These facets highlighted and facilitated investigative access to the multivalent considerations of landscape(s) at and across various levels. This was of critical importance to this study, as many maritime landscape themes and sites overlapped, were interlinked, and were often valued by different maritime groups for highly diverse reasons. GIS was also used to geo-reference cartographic and bathymetric sources to plot the location of historical landscape features and toponymic places, and these sites were then ground-truthed to investigate whether potential archaeological remains were present (Duncan 2006: 69–72).

Initially, the Pilots embarked onto vessels once they were inside The Rip, but later shifted to boarding outside after wrecks started occurring at or near The Heads. The increase in shipping and wrecks at The Heads also highlighted the necessity for reliable charts and a system of navigation aids. In 1841, the Pilots requested that a disused Melbourne flagstaff be installed at Shortlands Bluff to act as a signal staff for broadcasting tidal movements and communicating with incoming vessels (LTGL 41/667).

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