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.
- Australian warship
Hunter, J., & Jateff, E. (2016). From Battleship to Breakwater: Post-military Adaptive Reuse of the Australian Warship Protector. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 45(2), 423-440. https://doi.org/10.1111/1095-9270.12177