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Wreck of Australia's first naval submarine

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Still Waters

One of Australia’s oldest maritime mysteries has been solved after the country’s first submarine was discovered more than 103 years after its disappearance in the First World War.

The AE1 first vanished off the New Guinean island of New Britain on 14 September 1914, with 35 crew aboard from Australia, New Zealand and Britain.

The vessel was the first Allied submarine loss of the war and the first wartime loss for the Royal Australian Navy, although the exact reason for its sinking remains unclear.


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Australia's first submarine, lost at sea for over 100 years, continues to reveal its secret history through advanced 3-D processing techniques of underwater still photography.

Researchers are digitally reconstructing the sunken HMAS AE1 using about 8500 still images captured of the submarine during an archaeological surveying expedition earlier this year, with the goal of gaining a better understanding of the submarine's fate.

The interim results of this research will be presented today (June 22) at the Australian National Maritime Museum's 'Archaeology of War' conference.




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