The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) is celebrating a century of submarine power in this country, as it’s been 100 years since the Royal Australian Navy took delivery of its first two E-Class subs, AE1 and AE2.
AE2 was lost at Gallipoli in World War I and currently lies in a well-preserved state in 73m of water in the Sea of Mamara. As the first Allied submarine to penetrate the Dardenelles, on April 25, 1915, and the first submarine operation to deny an opponent the use of the sea, the ANMM says it’s one of Australia’s most important wartime relics.
AE2 was abandoned after coming under enemy fire and losing power, before its commander, Lieutenant Commander Henry Stoker, gave the order for her to be scuttled. AE1 was lost off the coast off Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, in 1914, its fate and resting place unknown.
The ANMM says it’s undergoing a significant transformation at the moment in preparation for the first of many WWI centenary anniversaries, to help the museum bring maritime history to life via a series of interactive experiences.
The ANMM is located at Darling Harbour, Sydney. For more information, go to: anmm.gov.au.
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