Staff, Meritime Herald
24 April 2018
HMAS AE1, the first submarine of the Royal Australian Navy, disappeared in September 1914, at the beginning of the First World War. Now an expedition organized by the National Navy has been able to record a video of the remains of the ship by means of a deepwater underwater drone near the coast of Papua New Guinea.
On the morning of September 14, 1914, the ship left Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, under the command of Lieutenant Thomas Besant. However, this was the latest news about the submarine and its 35 crew. His fate was one of the principal mysteries of Australian military history.
The disappearance of the submarine was the first loss of the country’s Navy in World War I (1914-1918).
Carried out with the help of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who handed over his research boat Petrel, the operation used an underwater drone to film and inspect the sinking site with the help of high definition cameras, according to the news portal Australian ABC.
The images show remains of the submarine bridge, the control room and ceramic toilets.
The images collected may lift the mystery veil covering the shipwreck, which over the course of a century has spawned many speculations, including that of being attacked by an enemy German submarine or having been hit by some other military vessel.