Port Lincoln student dives into history

Port Lincoln High School year 11 student Sam Hamood-Smith went to great depths to complete his Year 12 research project by researching the historic shipwreck of the Glenpark.

Not only did he research the tools and techniques used but experienced it first hand as he investigated the wreck site north east of Wedge Island in the Spencer Gulf.

Sam said he was passionate about diving and chose the Glenpark as it was a known wreck.

“It was a wreck that provided the best information on where it would be found.”

The Glenpark was a three-masted iron sailing ship that struck an outlying reef and sank in 1901.

The ship’s figurehead and bell would wash up in Tumby Bay, 70 kilometres away, and the bell is now located in the Tumby Bay National Trust Museum.

Sam made some discoveries during his dive including what is believed to be a pressure relief valve.

This is considered a great discovery as it suggests the ship was likely carrying an auxiliary deck steam engine, used on many sailing ships in the latter 1800s to help with hauling anchors.

Sam said it was an amazing experience.

“As a then 16-year-old to find a wreck was a pretty cool achievement for myself,” he said.

Prior to this dive Sam completed skills based training, which included visiting the wreck of Lady Kinnaird off Port Neill.

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