Wednesday, 4 July 2012

SS YONGALA bell salvaged by Wally Gibbins.

SS Yongala (2001)

"Yongala" on Vimeo

Seadog "Tuffy" traveled everywhere aboard Ben Cropp's boat, Freedom III

Ben Cropp AM

Ben Cropp TV films (28 trailers) <Click
Ben Cropp AM  (2001) - Wally Gibbins appears in many of Ben's TV documentaries. Discovering and diving on shipwrecks in Australia and The Solomon Islands.

"The Sun" anchor at wreck site. Ashmore Reef, Northern section of The Coral Sea

Feb 2013 and a 2nd hand copy on eBay for $94.  Ben's most recent book.
SS (single screw) Yongala

Best Prize for salvaging this bell - cleaned and placed in the water for this portrait of two legends.
Name:SS Yongala
Owner:Adelaide Steamship Company
Builder:Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
In service:1903
Out of service:23 March 1911
Fate:Sunk by cyclone
General characteristics
Tonnage:3,664 tons of some sort[vague]]]
Length:350 ft (107 m)
Installed power:Steam
Speed:15 knots

Tiger sharks feeds on a stingray, Batt Reef 2004  © John Harding

Kerry's E's accident
Ben Cropp (1999)

Great Detached Reef  (norther Great Barrier Reef) where Ben and Wally located many ancient shipwreck sites,  Fatima, Charles Eaton and others (above).
Yongala  wreck  in 2001 

SS YONGALA INFO (Townsville Maritime Museum)

These fish were above Ben Cropp while he filmed the small turtle (picture below)
A very quiet little turtle on SS Yongala would see plenty of divers.
Ben Cropp speared these Barramundi in Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York.

Ben Cropp still pictures and a song "Stay Young"

Ben Cropp DVD's

You Tube TEASER CLIP "Tale of a Shark Hunter"
Ben Cropp's classic picture of a tiger shark, The Swain Reefs circa 1962


 SS Yongala bell was discovered and salvaged by Wally Gibbins while working for Ben Cropp circa 1971.
Displayed for years in Wally Gibbins former sea shell and diving artifacts museum it eventually was believed (but not as yet confirmed sold for $6,000) to the maritime museum at Townsville, Queensland where it is the prize exhibit.

When found the bell was completely encrusted in barnacles and had fallen onto the sand thereby becoming overlooked by local Queensland divers.

Wally knew the layout of the ship and where the bell should have been. He spotted the clump of barnacles on the sand that had broken off the ship and concluded this to be ‘the prize’.  It was.

Shipwreck Bells < Click

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