High-tech hunt for famed wreck

Mahogany ship

By Jared Lynch - The Standard

University students from Melbourne hope to find the fabled Mahogany Ship in dunes west of Warrnambool.

Last February Rob Simpson, who had searched for the legendary vessel for 20 years, used satellite technology to map what he believed was the ship's location.

The Melbourne man drilled three-and-a-half metres down south of Tower Hill and struck something solid.

RMIT geophysics professor James MacNae said a couple of million dollars had been spent in developing equipment his team would use, but finding the ship was still "a long shot".

"I'm not crossing my fingers yet . . . if we found something it would be exciting," he said.

"We transmit an electric current horizontally beneath the surface and it detects any abnormalities.



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