The Sydney Cove shipwreck project



Lost in 1797 during a voyage from India to Australia, the wreck of the merchant ship Sydney Cove was rediscovered in 1977. A project to excavate and present material from the site was carried out by the designated management agency during the 1990s. The work has provided a unique insight into the merchant ships and cargoes that were vital to the early development of the Australian colonies. This paper presents a summary of the project upon its completion in 2001.