Darling Harbour's Maritime Museum

Darling Harbour's Maritime Museum searches for archaeological treasure

Great Barrier Reef

By James Gorman - Sydney Central

The Australian National Maritime Museum is preparing for its latest expedition to a shipwreck off the Great Barrier Reef.

Over the past four years, the museum has uncovered evidence of the strong colonial trade links Australia once held with India.

Early next year, Dr Nigel Erskine and his team will be heading out in search of the Indian-built Fergus(son) which was bound from Sydney carrying 170 troops when it wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef.

"The reef is known as a bit of a ship trap and so there are several wrecks up there with fairly sketchy information about them that we plan to work on," Dr Erskine said.

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