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Australia-Japanese collaboration to record shipwreck artefacts of dual national significance

Project summary

Sector: Arts and Culture

Country location: Australia

Grantee: Heritage Branch, Department of Tourism and Culture (NT)

Diver recording the shipwreck in 2012. Credit: David Steinberg

Project description

The Sanyo Maru is the wreck of a Japanese pearling mothership that sank in a storm in 1937. A successful survey of the shipwreck in 2012 has led archaeologists to return to the site this year to conduct an archaeological excavation. The Sanyo Maru is one of the most significant historic shipwrecks of the Northern Territory. Little is understood about this period in Japanese visitation and pearling, and Japanese academics have acknowledged this is a significant archaeological site of shared heritage. Divers and archaeologists plan to record the shipwreck further and recover artefacts, which will provide new insight into the lives of these men and their industry.

Key dates

  • NT Minister greets team, on deck of the Nalena Bay, team's research ship, 04 November 2016 to 04 November 2016

Social media: Project updates will be posted on NT Heritage Facebook Page #sanyomaru

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $12,000.00

Total project value: $300,000.00

Last Updated: 4 November 2016
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