Barangaroo Boat excavation. Image: Renee Malliaros/Silentworld Foundation for Sydney Metro, 2018.

Finding the Barangaroo Boat

Like a boat on land – musings of a maritime archaeologist on the Barangaroo Boat (terrestrial) dig

‘Want to come along and check out this boat they found at Barangaroo?’
Little did I know where my answer would eventually lead!

Visting Barangaroo

A clear sunny morning in October 2019, promising a sweaty sort of day, saw us meeting up with our colleagues at the Australian National Maritime Musem (ANMM) for a saunter around Darling Harbour to Barangaroo.

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The Battle of Rhode Island


After the British intentionally sunk some of their ships in order to keep the French naval force at bay, the French Admiral Comte d'Estaing, brought his entire fleet into the harbour and landed his troops on the close by Conanicut Island. However, the British were expecting reinforcements by sea and, upon learning this, d'Estaing re-boarded his troops and headed out to meet the British fleet at sea lest he be cornered by a combined, and hence larger, British force. The two fleets met at sea but the battle was plagued by bad weather and seas causing both sides much damage and scattering their respective fleets.

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A work of fact by: Irini (Renee) Malliaros and Dr James Hunter (ANMM)

This past January, a collaborative research team comprising maritime archaeologists from the Silentworld Foundation and Australian National Maritime Museum conducted a shipwreck survey at Kenn Reefs in Australia’s Coral Sea Territory. The team relocated a number of historic shipwrecks documented by the Queensland Museum in the 1980s as well as four new wreck sites. The Kenn Reefs complex is a seamount system located within the ‘Outer Route’, a seaway used by nineteenth-century mariners in an effort to avoid the Great Barrier Reef when travelling to and from Australia’s east coast. The discovery of multiple shipwreck sites of nineteenth-century vintage at Kenn Reefs demonstrates the hazards faced by mariners as they transited through waters that were insufficiently charted. Field investigations included reef-top inspections, metal detector and magnetometer surveys and diver-based ground-truthing of observed features and buried anomalies.Read more