the excavation of an 18th century wreck found by Maritime Explorations
during an earlier side-scan-sonar survey. Mobilised a 55 m accommodation/dive
support barge from Singapore, and used an in-water decompression
on oxygen diving system to recover several hundred tonnes of tin
out side-scan-sonar and magnetometer survey on a speculative basis
around reefs lying in the trade routes of pre-16th century (pre-European)
the excavation of a 9th century Arab ship with a cargo of Chinese
ceramics, mostly from the Changsha kilns, now known as the Belitung
Wreck. This is the oldest intact wreck to be found in Asia, and
is the first 'proof' of direct trade between the western Indian
Ocean and China during the first millennium AD.
an early 15th century Chinese wreck with a cargo of large Thai
storage jars, and a small amount of Sukhothai, Sawankhalok, and
Longquan ceramics, now known as the Bakau Wreck. Much of the hull
Led a successful side-scan-sonar survey for an 18th century shipwreck
lost in the Java Sea.
24 shipwrecks across the Archipelago, most brought to light by
fishermen's accidental discoveries, but some found through research
and magnetometer survey. These included a 14th century wreck off
Belitung, an early 18th century wreck in the Thousand Islands,
and four late 18th century wrecks in Sulawesi.
the excavation of a 10th century shipwreck in the Java Sea, the
oldest Southeast Asian shipwreck (as opposed to hull) to be archaeologically
excavated. It is now known as the Intan Wreck. A vast array of
artefacts were recovered including approximately 8,000 Chinese
ceramics, glass ware, tin and bronze ingots, scrap bronze, Chinese
mirrors and coins, bronze religious artefacts, ivory, aromatic
resin, grind stones, sharpening stones, bones, a variety of teeth,
weighing scales, silver ingots, and gold jewellery.
the excavation of 12,000 Chinese Song dynasty ceramics and numerous
artefacts from a mid-13th century shipwreck, now known as the
Java Sea Wreck. Utilised a 55 m accommodation/dive support barge,
with surface decompression on oxygen. The wreck also contained
some 200 tonnes of cast and wrought iron, the first evidence that
large quantities of Chinese wrought iron were shipped to Southeast
out magnetometer survey in conjunction with the Malacca Museum
Corporation to ascertain whether historically significant shipwreck
material lay within areas earmarked for reclamation off Malacca.
out a magnetometer survey for Portuguese and Asian shipwrecks
on a remote bank near the island of Phu Qui in the south of Vietnam.
Two ancient anchors were located under a metre of coral, however
adverse weather conditions and severe geological magnetism precluded
out five months of magnetometer survey work on a number of hazardous
reefs in the Vietnamese held area of the Spratly Archipelago,
locating six pre-20th century wrecks, one of which was the famous
tea clipper, Taeping.
Mobilised a supply boat and equipment for the excavation of the
San Diego, a Spanish galleon that sank in the Philippines in the
year 1600 during a battle with the Dutch. The project was carried
out by Frank Goddio of World Wide First.
Gulf of Thailand:
Maritime Archaeologist for the excavation of an early 16th
century Southeast Asian shipwreck fully laden with Thai ceramics,
lying 55 m deep in the central Gulf of Thailand. Saturation diving
was used for the first time to excavate an ancient wreck site.
a survey to locate an English ship lost in 1817 in the Malacca
Straits. Developed specialised side-scan-sonar techniques for
pinpointing and investigating targets in an area of high currents
and extremely poor visibility. Three historic wrecks were discovered,
but it was another three years before the target wreck was finally
the excavation of a 17th century Oriental vessel that sank in
35 m of water off the islands of Con Dao in the south of Vietnam,
now known as the Vung Tau Wreck. Utilised a 61 m supply boat with
surface decompression on oxygen, to recover 48,000 ceramic items,
predominately Kangxi blue-and-white porcelain, and several hundred
non-ceramic artefacts from the vessel.
a pre-disturbance survey of a 15th century vessel loaded with
Thai ceramics, primarily Sawankhalok celadon, that wrecked off
the island of Phu Quoc on the west coast of Vietnam.
South China Sea:
Carried out extensive magnetometer surveys in the South China
Sea locating many wrecks, predominantly Japanese merchant vessels
sunk during World War II. Also worked on board a 36 m survey schooner
performing magnetometer and side-scan sonar surveys for historic
shipwrecks off eastern Africa.
Operations Manager and Project Engineer for the excavation of
the 1638 Manila Galleon, Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, in Saipan.
Thousands of pieces of intricately worked gold jewellery, porcelain,
storage jars, ship's fittings and personal items were recovered
over two seasons.
Civil engineer involved in projects in Papua New Guinea, Iran,
South Africa, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Mate and diver aboard a 24 m survey schooner carrying out exploratory
dives for shipwrecks between Sri Lanka and the east coast of Thailand.
Graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering Degree
in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Australia.