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The personal experiences of a 3D scanning novice working on the recording of the Barangaroo Boat wreck timbers. In Sydney, Australia.

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View of the Endeavour River. Silentworld Foundation collection SF001479.

Iron ballast from HMB Endeavour

On 10 June 1770, HMB Endeavour under the command of Captain James Cook was sailing north along the east coast of Australia. At 11 pm, it struck a reef and started taking on water. Desperate to lighten the ship, the crew heaved nearly 48…

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Figure 6: After Treatment, Sword handle. Image: Heather Berry/Silentworld Foundation.

How to clean a sword

Conservator Heather Berry explains the process of cleaning a naval sword made of metals, shark skin and a leather case, as well as, the conservation requirements for each material.

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Map. Hand coloured copper engraving. Maris Pacifici. 345mm x 497mm. Antwerp, 1595. The first printed map to be devoted solely to the Pacific, and the first to name North and South America separately. It includes most of North and South America...

The fabled land of Beach, Locach, Java La Grande, and Terra Australis Incognita

How 40,000 years after the first Australians arrived, Australia was “discovered” again

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Oysters and pitch on plank. © Sydney Metro.

Cleaning the Barangaroo Boat

How do you clean a 200-year-old, heavily sedimented, archaeological boat? With dish brushes, toothbrushes, plastic scrapers, and LOTS of care.

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

Finding the Barangaroo Boat

Nobody expected to find a boat while digging for a new train station...

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The Battle of Rhode Island

WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE BRITISH SHIPS WERE SCUTTLED? 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…

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Searching for Endeavour

In September 2018, Silentworld Foundation joined the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) and the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) in their ongoing work investigating vessels deliberately sunk by the British in…

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Recent fieldwork, combined with satelitte imagery, shows the impact of iron artefacts discolouring coral reefs. This research is being developed in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum.

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