From Battleship to Breakwater: Post-military Adaptive Reuse of the Australian Warship Protector

James Hunter, Emily Jateff

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Abstract

The light cruiser Protector, built 1884, served as an Australian naval asset for 40 years. Decommissioned from the Royal Australian Navy in 1924, it was subsequently converted into a lighter. The vessel re‐entered military service during the Second World War, but was involved in a collision, condemned, and ultimately installed as a breakwater on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. While much of Protector's military career is well documented, little is known of its conversion and adaptation to civilian roles. What follows is a discussion of efforts to archaeologically document Protector's surviving hull and identify signatures of adaptive reuse indicative of its post‐military career.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-440
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Battleship
  • post-military
  • breakwater
  • Protector
  • Australian warship

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