Australian WWI submarine lastly discovered 103 years later

This view reveals the HMAS AE1’s helm. 


Fugro Survey/Commonwealth of Australia

One of the vital enduring naval mysteries in historical past is now divulging its secrets and techniques from the depths of the ocean. 

The HMAS AE1 submarine disappeared in September 1914 with 35 crew members aboard. Now, 103 years later, the sub has been discovered close to the Duke of York Islands in Papua New Guinea.

The AE1 was the primary Allied submarine lack of World Struggle I. The Fugro Equator, a Dutch survey vessel, found the misplaced submarine this week. AE1 is positioned at a depth of practically 1,000 toes (300 meters) underneath water.  A preliminary inspection reveals it’s in a single piece and stays very nicely preserved.

Fugro, the operator of the Equator, says the survey ship is provided with “the most recent in digital seismic, seabed and sub seabed mapping techniques.” The group included marine archaeologists and historians. An underwater drone in the end helped find the submarine, which had eluded many years of earlier searches.

The disappearance of the AE1 led to a sequence of memorial poems printed in Australian press shops in 1914. A poem titled “Submarine AE1,” written by Anne Almer and printed within the Adelaide paper The Register begins, “The courageous males at their responsibility met their doom. Sudden and sharp-the ocean mattress their tomb. No roar of battle warned them dying was nigh; Silent and sudden plunged they into gloom.”

The destiny of the sub will not stay solely within the realm of creativeness. The Australian Nationwide Maritime Museum is now elevating funds for an investigation into what occurred to the vessel.

The Fugro Equator collected this survey knowledge exhibiting HMAS AE1 on the ocean mattress. 


Fugro Survey/Commonwealth of Australia

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