One hundred and three years ago the Australian World War I submarine AE1 vanished without a trace, Now it’s been found, ending one of the nation’s most puzzling and oldest naval mysteries.
The first images captured by the expedition show that the vessel, preserved and in one peace, the Royal Australian Navy stated.
AE1 went missing while on patrol off East New Britain on September 14, 1914, with 35 Australian, New Zealand and British crew on board, There was no distress call and no witnesses.
The submarine was found on December 20 by a Dutch-owned Furgo survey company and the Australian Navy, it took a week to find the vessel, the submarine that was used to search for the AE1, called Furgo Equartor, high tech vessel with advanced search technology, including an underwater autonomous vehicle.
AE1’s final contact with destroyer HMAS Parramatta at 2.30pm, more than a century ago, placed her in this area. Mioko Island villagers at the time said that they saw a “monster” that appeared and quickly disappeared into the water.
Commonwealth Government and Silentworld Foundation funded the search, with help from the Submarine Institute of Australia, the National maritime Museum, Papua Guinea Government, and the Furgo Survey.