Longshot on Radio this Saturday

You can hear The Project Longshot team live on air this Saturday.

3WBC radio – 94.1 FM has given SOE an hour between 11.00am and 12.00pm to discuss the project.

Mark Ryan from SOE will be talking about SOE’s achievements.

Martin Tozer will be explaining the technical aspects of the search for the first shot.

Terry Cantwell from Whitewater Documentaries will be talking about the potential Longshot documentary and the series “Ghost Divers”, which is in production.

Hope you have time to listen in.






Live Streaming between 11.00-12.00 Saturday March 29, 2014

Mt Eliza College students to help in search for First World War shell.


Real Time Learning students from Mt Eliza Secondary College have been invited to help in the search to find the first shot fired in WW1.

Project Longshot, run by deep sea explorers Southern Ocean Exploration (SOE) and Whitewater Documentaries, hopes to find the shell that Australian forces fired at the German ship Pfalz as it tried to escape from Port Phillip Bay on the morning WW1 was declared.

This was the first Allied action of the Great War. SOE, Australia’s most successful shipwreck discovery team, has invited students to assist Whitewater Documentaries in the media campaign and with an equipment fundraising drive.

Students may be offered opportunities to participate in the on-water search with parental assistance.

Project Longshot offers students an insight into how a real media campaign is managed and will hopefully help them to develop a greater passion for maritime archaeology and Australian history.

Students will be offered local media exposure and the project will also present students with opportunities to develop networks in the public and private sectors.

Project Longshot is supported by Heritage Victoria, Parks Victoria, The Department of Veterans Affairs and by the Victorian ANZAC Centenary Committee.

VACC chairman Ted Baillieu has said the government was planning an event to commemorate the “first shot”, and finding the shell would be a coup. “The VACC has already raised for consideration the possible location and recovery effort of that first shell, if intact,” he said. “If it was possible, such a find would, of course, be of worldwide significance.”

Southern Ocean Exploration team leader Mark Ryan will be presenting a talk to Real Time Learning students at Mt Eliza Secondary College soon.

Rumours of Shells

We’ve been asked about a story in today’s Herald Sun  which raises the prospect that a shell discovered by a diver in the 1970s could be the Longshot.  

Whilst it would be fantastic if this was it, unfortunately we can now confirm that this shell isn’t the one fired from Point Nepean.

Yesterday, two experts  examined the photos of the 1970s shell and have eliminated it from our investigations.

The firing band at the base of the shell is intact, which shows that it hasn’t been fired from a gun.

The experts also felt that the shell  probably fell off a boat after  WW2,  because the rusting and salt water etching is not severe.

The search continues.

Shell that appears in Herald Sun story
Note how the banding at the base in intact

Left hand side – unfired shell
Right hand side – fired shell

Author Keith Quinton on 3AW this morning explaining why this shell is not  the “Longshot”