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  • 3 Oceanography Workshop (1991) NSK Kormoran: Looking down on bow. Note davit turned outboard. Copyright: Australian War Memorial. Science of Oceanography 3
  • In 1991 Mike McCarthy of the West Australian Maritime Museum and Kim Kirsner of the University of Western Australia coordinated a workshop to determine the most likely area for Kormoran . The keynote speakers were oceanographers or search and rescue experts. Their analyses converged on the area supported by the Kormoran survivors, near 26° South 111° East Oceanographic approaches cannot be used to define a precise site (e.g., Pearce, 1991); uncertainty in the direction and velocity of current and wind is too great. Despite the fact that the oceanographic evidence provided no support for a wreck near the Abrolhos Islands, more than 200 nautical miles from the true site of the wrecks, the Parliamentary Inquiry (2001) failed to reject map dowsing, oral history or navigation-based claims for a search near the Abrolhos, and the RAN subsequently implemented extensive and expensive searches off the Abrolhos Islands
  • Chart shows search areas recommended by professional Oceanographers and Search and Rescue experts at 1991 Oceanography Workshop. Steedman and McCormack explicitly rejected the use of reconstruction of the life-boat journey, the argument adopted by Whittaker when he turned away from map-dowsing 111° East 26° South Hughes (1991) Search and Rescue FSF (2008): Position of Kormoran established in 2008 Steedman & McCormack (1991) Oceanographers Penrose and Klaka (1991) Oceanographers “ to the north of 26°34’ South 111° East