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With the centenary of WW1 looming this year and the centenary of Gallipoli in 2015, this project couldn’t be more timely. 2014 marks the centenary of World War 1 and we are planning a series of missions to find the first Allied shot fired in the Great War.

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 that 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 – but we need to buy this equipment if we are to have any chance of finding the shell. 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

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