View of the Endeavour River. Silentworld Foundation collection SF001479.

Iron ballast from HMB Endeavour

HMB Endeavour runs aground — time to throw some items overboard... On 10 June 1770, HMB Endeavour under the command of Captain James Cook was…


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

How to clean a sword

The closer you look, the more cleaning you will do... I recently had the wonderful opportunity to carry out some routine cleaning on a dress sword…


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

Reading Time: 4 minutes How 40,000 years after the first Australians arrived, Australia was “discovered” againFrom Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD,…


Oysters and pitch on plank. © Sydney Metro.

Cleaning the Barangaroo Boat

How does one clean a boat?I was once turfed off the side of a working boat in scuba gear, handed a brush and told to not come up till it was clean.…


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…


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…


Searching for Endeavour

COLLIER. EXPLORER. TRANSPORTER. LEGEND.In search of HMB Endeavour. In September 2018, SWF joined the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP)…


THE COLOURS OF WRECKS

A work of fact by: Irini (Renee) Malliaros and Dr James Hunter (ANMM) This past January, a collaborative research team comprising maritime…