Australia has found wreckage Of Submarine HMAS AE1 that sank in the first World War. The wreck is the country’s first submarine off the coast of Papua New Guinea, authorities stated on Thursday, December 21. This put to an end one of the country’s oldest naval mysteries after over 100 years.
The submarine, AE-1, was the first Allied vessel to go down the sea during World War One. This happened while checking out for German warships in 1914, in conditions which have never been convincingly proved.
The country’s Navy and several private agencies discovered the final resting place of the submarine’s 35 crew on their 13th try, Defence Minister Marise Payne informed journalists.
According to Reuters, The disappearance of HMAS AE1 “was a tragedy for our then fledgling nation,” Payne said, adding that a small commemorative service was held aboard the survey ship that found the wreck and authorities were trying to contact the crew’s descendants.
“It is my hope that what we have done in the last couple of days will now show relief to the family and descendants of all of those members,” stated navy chief Vice Admiral Timmy Barrett, adding that the crew had come from Australia, Britain and New Zealand.
The authorities did not reveal the wreck’s location, only to state that it was discovered off the Duke of York Islands. The governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea statad that they planned to preserve the site of the wreckage Of Submarine HMAS AE1