Protector Revealed: An Initiative to Archaeologically Document, Interpret and Showcase an Historic Australian Warship with Laser Scanning Technology

James Hunter, Emily Jateff, N. Herath , A. van den Hengel

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Abstract

Her Majesty's Colonial Ship (HMCS) Protector was one of Australia's first purpose-built warships. It served the colonial navy of South Australia between 1884 and 1901 and was later a fleet asset of both the Commonwealth Naval Forces and Royal Australian Navy. Following service in the First World War, Protector was decommissioned and spent over a decade as a civilian transport before again being placed in military service during the Second World War. It was subsequently damaged in a collision and scuttled as a breakwater on the Great Barrier Reef in 1944. In 2013, the South Australian Maritime Museum spearheaded a laser scanning survey of Protector as part of a larger initiative to archaeologically document the site and virtually showcase it within a centenary exhibition marking the outbreak of the First World War. What follows is a brief synopsis of Protector's history, a discussion of methodologies employed to document its surviving remnants, and how digital data obtained during the project are being utilized in the site's ongoing interpretation and exhibition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-40
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Cultural Property Conservation
Volume37
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • marine archaeology
  • Her Majesty's Colonial Ship Protector
  • laser scanning

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