Between 2014 and 2018, Australia will be commemorating the centenary of World War 1. During this time Southern Ocean Exploration will be running a series of missions to find the first Allied shot fired in the Great War.
In August 1914, Australian forces launched a shot at the German freighter SS Pfalz, in an attempt to stop the ship from leaving Melbourne at the outbreak of war. This was the first military action of WW1.
The shell lies at the bottom of Port Phillip Bay and we are confident we can find it.
The shell, if it is still intact, lies inside the opening to Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.
Southern Ocean Exploration will do whatever it can to find the shell.
Longshot will be a difficult mission given the ferocity of the tides in this area and a century of constant dredging, not to mention that locating a six-inch shell in Port Phillip Bay will be a needle-in-a-haystack job.
However, we have sourced specialist sonar equipment; a magnetometer similar to what the US Navy is using in Pearl Harbour to locate unexploded ordinance from the Japanese attack in 1942. This equipment is capable of finding a .22 shell under six feet of sand. Latest posts
SOE will volunteer all of its resources to find the shell: divers, boats, fuel and insurances. Please browse our site for more details about this exciting project – it’s a long shot, but with your help – we can do this. Latest posts