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Shearwater Predator and Heinrichs Weikamp OSTC 2N
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Purchase of New Dive Boat
My Dive Boat - Mak Cat
My Old Dive Boat - Le Scat
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Make Your Own Car Tank Rack

Marine Life
Rarer Sydney Marine Life
Bare Island Pygmy Pipe Horses
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Bare Island Marine Life
Encounter with Southern Right Whale and Calf

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Noel Hitchins 1951-2005
Lloyd Bridges - Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt
My Yachting Adventures
Below is a list of links to the main pages about my yacht, Catlypso and My Yachting Adventures:
  • Purchase of Catlypso
  • Details about Catlypso
  • Cleaning/Repairing Catlypso
  • My Yachting Adventures.
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    Michael's 4WD Trips
    Click here for a list of my Four Wheel Drive and Camping Trips.
    Home Brewing
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    Sydney Dive Site Hints
    "The MV Malabar is a reminder of an historic Sydney event"
    Photographs of the sinking of SS President Coolidge
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - SS President Coolidge - Last Trip and Sinking These photographs are from many sources. Some have come from Kevin Green of Aquamarine Diving in Santo, some were sent to me by various people and still others were found by me on the internet. I may have unknowingly infringed some copyright, for this I apologise. The first five photos are said to be taken by American Sea-bees.

    The ship is well gone nowSome of the rubber rafts used to escape
    This shot from the bow
    shows the ship almost totally on her side
    Some of the rubber rafts used to escape
    This is John Barlow - 84 yo in 2006

    A bow shot showing men still abandoning shipOne more shot of the bow area
    A bow shot showing men still abandoning shipOne more shot of the bow area showing anchor out

    Another shot similar to one seen often
    This shot from the shore appears to be the same
    as the one at right, but a better copy
    The Coolidge shortly after running agound.
    You can see how close it is to the shore

    The list of the ship is very apparentThere is no panic, some of the soldiers even
    take time to wave to the camera

    The evacuation of the stern
    as it starts to sink
    The ship is now listing very badly. The door at the top left
    is the where Capt Covill and WO Moshimer attempted
    to haul Capt Euart from the ship

    The SS President Coolidge disappears beneath Segond Channel

    For the next part of the SS President Coolidge story, click here.

    For links to all the information on the ship see the Main SS President Coolidge Index Page.

    For diving the SS President Coolidge, I recommend the services of Aquamarine Diving, Santo.

    See References Page.

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