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Search Plans

It’s been a while, but we have been working behind the scenes to put everything in place and we are now almost in a position to begin the search.

We have pursued many avenues to obtain the equipment we need.

In July last year the Federal Government offered to lend us the equipment. This was a breakthrough at the time.

However, in order to use the Navy’s equipment we needed to modify the magnetometer and this would have cost us over $30,000.

Meanwhile, as a result of our Val Morgan Cinema Campaign, a company in Singapore has offered to lease us the equipment at a vastly reduced price.

The magnetometer is currently being used on a project in the UK and we need $15,000 to cover the cost of hiring the equipment.

We currently have pledges of $6000.

We are nearly there.

We have decided to pursue this option. We will hire the magnetometer for seven days, which will allow us to scan the area thoroughly.

After that, our geophysicist will collate the data to identify potential targets.

The scanner will have been pre-programmed to identify objects matching the dimensions and chemical make-up of the first shot.

This will eliminate 90% of potentially misleading targets and will save us much time.

Once we have isolated potential targets, we will then dive the area and make visual contact. We may need to remove sand using vacuums.

If we find something  promising we will photograph and video the object.

We will not disturb the shell until we have been advised by the defence forces.


We would be grateful if you could possibly contribute some funds to help get us over the line.

We expect to be on the water early next year – hopefully by the end of January.

If you wish to help out, you can donate here:

Project account details:
Commonwealth Bank
Account Name: Southern Ocean Exploration Inc.
BSB: 063144
Account Number: 10513417



Let the Search Begin!

Longshot Poster 2For the last two years we have been diligently working to make the Longshot expedition a reality. Finally, with assistance from the Prime Minister and support from the office of the Defence Minister, we have sourced the equipment we need.

The Department of Defence has kindly allowed us to use some Royal Navy magnetometer equipment for the duration of the search.

We will spend  the next few months preparing the equipment and building a specific housing unit. We still have some paperwork to complete, and some cables and computer software to purchase,  but we are delighted to announce that the search will begin in early summer. Project Longshot has gathered a lot of momentum since we first spoke to Ted Baillieau in November 2013.

We have attracted tremendous support from all sections of the community and now we hope to continue the story.

Councillor Antonella Celi First Shot Commemoration speech

Mornington Lord Mayor Antonelli Celi’s First Shot speech. August 5th. 2014.

Project Longshot Cinema Campaign kicks off

Cinema Network Val Morgan  has generously donated a cinema ad and a Pump TV ad, which will run at cinemas and fuel stations across Australia from Feb 7th for six weeks.

This is a fundraising ad and hopefully we will receive enough donations to help us fund the mission.

If you would like to donate, you can do so here

Here is the ad, without sound

2015 fundraising update

Dear friends of Project Longshot.

We would like to wish you a happy season and a prosperous new year.

We would also like to thank you for your support in 2014. Project Longshot will be active in 2015 and hopefully we will be successful.

We are still exploring every avenue to raise the funds needed to finance the search. We have had plenty of public support and great community goodwill. It is proving difficult however to reach our target.

We realise that this will probably take longer than we first hoped. We have registered as a non-for-profit organisation, which will make fund-raising simpler.

We are now running a  fundraising campaign and donations can be made at

Val Morgan, the cinema chain, has kindly donated a cinema ad for Project Longshot which will run in cinemas across Australia beginning on the 29th January until February 19th

Val Morgan will also be hosting our ad on Pump TV at 87 service stations across australia.


Hopefully, this will raise public awareness.

We will also be doing some TV news in January.

We have been speaking to several government science bodies who are interested in helping us.

So, the Longshot is still a longshot, but we are working very hard in the background to make things happen.

If you feel you are able to donate, please visit the donation site: for details.

You are very welcome to make a donation to :

Commonwealth Bank
Account Name: Southern Ocean Exploration Inc.
BSB: 063144
Account Number: 10494172

to donate via Paypal please visit

Once more, thank you for your help in 2014, and hopefully we will be able to pull this off for you in 2015.

The Long Shot Team

Pump TV Longshot Campaign Site List:

ACT United Fyshwick
ACT Woolworths Canberra Airport
ACT Woolworths Canberra Gateway
ACT Woolworths Dickson
ACT Woolworths Erindale
ACT Woolworths Mawson
NSW BP Connect Glendenning
NSW BP Connect Norwest
NSW BP Connect Quakers Hill
NSW BP Connect Thornleigh
NSW BP Connect Wiley Park
NSW BP Connect Woodcroft
NSW BP Bexley
NSW BP Kirrawee
NSW United Lethbridge Park
NSW United Wyee
NSW Woolworths Glenrose
NSW Woolworths Peakhurst
QLD BP Connect Albany Forest
QLD United Bald Hills
QLD United Doonan
QLD United Forestdale
QLD United Loganlea
QLD United Springfield
QLD United Virginia
SA United Adelaide Airport
SA United Blair Athol
SA United Pennington
SA United Salisbury
SA United Seaton
SA Woolworths Mitcham
SA Woolworths Parabanks
VIC BP 2Go Cranbourne
VIC BP 2Go Melton
VIC BP Cabarita
VIC BP Connect Caroline Springs
VIC BP Connect Eltham
VIC BP Connect Mentone
VIC BP Express Golf Links Road
VIC BP Greenleigh
VIC BP Hampton Park
VIC BP Supremacy
VIC BP Balaclava
VIC BP Big Pine
VIC BP North Cranbourne
VIC BP Stationvale
VIC United Balwyn
VIC United Braeside
VIC United Clayton
VIC United Clayton South
VIC United Croydon
VIC United Eltham
VIC United Frankston
VIC United Frankston South
VIC United Hallam
VIC United Kensington
VIC United Kew
VIC United Kingsway (Sth Melb)
VIC United Maribyrnong North
VIC United Mulgrave
VIC United Murrumbeena
VIC United Narre Warren North
VIC United Noble Park
VIC United Patterson Lakes
VIC United Point Cook
VIC United Preston
VIC United Preston South
VIC United Rowville
VIC United Springvale
VIC United St Albans
VIC United Sunshine
VIC United Taylors Lakes
VIC United Thomastown
VIC United Westgate North
VIC United Westgate South
VIC Woolworths Chelsea
VIC Woolworths Clayton
VIC Woolworths Niddrie
WA United Edgewater
WA United Kewdale
WA United Mindarie
WA United Mt Lawley
WA United Northbridge
WA United Osborne Park
NSW BP Chipping Norton
NSW BP Condell Park
NSW BP West Yagoona

Greg Hunt’s First Shot Speech

From the Point Nepean First Shot commemorative event August 5th, 2014

Camera work: Terry Cantwell. David Muir, Chris Edwards

Audio: David Muir

Editing: Terry Cantwell

Longshot on the Melbourne 22 Show

This is a nice 5-minute magazine piece on the Channel 31 Melbourne 22 Show.

The Longshot story is about 15 minutes in.

Congratulations to the First Shot Committee

Well done to the First Shot Committee on a fantastic event at Point Nepean today. A longer article to follow, but here are some photos of the day taken by Mount Eliza Secondary College students Oliver Green, Thomas McQuie, Finn Bardolph and Pete Brumby-Evans.

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Large turnout for Ranelagh Club Longshot event


Over 120 people attended a successful Project Longshot information afternoon at the Ranelagh Club, in Mt Eliza on Saturday.

Project Longshot is the mission the find the first Allied shot of the Great War: a 40 kilogram steel shell, which Australian forces fired at the German cargo ship SS Pfalz from a Fort Nepean gun on August 5th, 1914 .

The two-hour presentation introduced the First Shot story to Ranelagh Club members and guests from across the community.

Ranelagh Club president Lawrence Henderson opened the day with an emotional tribute to the Ranelagh Club’s longest-serving member and Kokoda veteran, Lionel Smith, before former Victorian Premier and Chair of the Victorian Anzac Day Committee, Mr Ted Baillieu spoke about his passion for Melbourne, its history, and the global significance of the first shot.

Major Bernie Gaynor, Chair of the First Shot Committee eloquently recounted the events of August 5th, 1914 and enthralled the audience with his enthusiasm and  knowledge of the first Allied shot of the Great War.

He also described the fascinating, but ill-fated, life of the SS Pfalz.

After Australian forces seized the ship, the Pfalz was renamed HMAT Boorara and served as an Australian troop-carrier in the Dardanelles and the North Sea. She was twice torpedoed and ended her life as a shipwreck off the Vancouver coast.

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The event was attended by several relatives of  those involved when the first shot was fired.

Margaret Robinson, grand-niece of Montgomery Robinson, the Australian pilot who allegedly scuffled with German captain Kuhiken for control of the Pfalz, shared some papers and cartoons of her famous relative with audience members.

Ken Penaluna, Grandson of gunner Edward Quirke, also attended with memorabilia.

Mount Eliza Secondary College students Harry Maxwell and Josh Daly built an information display for the event, centrepiece of which was a beautiful replica shell that Josh Daly and his grandfather made during the recent school holidays.

Project Longshot Team Leader Mark Ryan outlined a timeline for the mission and spoke about the technical difficulties of searching for a small object in such a vast area and the equipment they will need to find a six-inch shell under a metre of sand. Mr Ryan is founder of Souther Ocean Exploration, Australia’s most successful shipwreck discovery team.

Filmmaker  Terry Cantwell spoke about the importance of local stories and closed the day with a call for community involvement in Project Longshot.

On August 5th, 2014 a special commemorative event will be held at Point Nepean fort, which is open to all Australians.


Project Longshot

The First Shot Event at Point Nepean

The Ranelagh Club


The First Shot Event, August 5th.

Project Longshot is very proud to be associated with the First Shot Commemorative event.

The First Shot Committee is hosting a commemorative event at Point Nepean on August 5th, 2014, which will acknowledge the centenary of the beginning of WW1 with a reenactment of the First Shot from a Howitzer canon at the fort.

This is a major public event which will begin four years of World War 1 commemorations in Australia.

Please visit the First Shot website if you would like to register your interest in attending



From the First Shot website

Between 2014 and 2018, Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s World War 1 involvement. The first shot in the the British Empire was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement No.6 at Fort Nepean, Portsea, Victoria on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared in London. The shot was fired in order to prevent the German merchant vessel SS Pfalz from escaping Port Phillip to the open seas. The shot was successful – the Pfalz surrendered. To acknowledge the significance of this historic occasion, a special commemoration open to all Australians is to be conducted at the Parade Ground at the former Officer Cadet School within the Quarantine Station at Point Nepean National Park. This event will be the very first of many commemorations to be held all around the world in those countries that comprised the former British Empire. The anniversary will coincide with the opening of conservation and visitor access improvements at Fort Nepean that will enhance the telling of Point Nepean’s war time heritage stories.