Mystery Solved: Australian Sub Found After 103 Years

SYDNEY (AP) — One of Australia’s oldest naval mysteries has been solved after the discovery of the wreck of the country’s first submarine more than 103 years after its disappearance in World War I (view photos in gallery).

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

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

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h/t Exile

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  • Earlier craft – whether tanks or submarines – were so vulnerable to damage. It’s amazing that people carried on with producing more of them.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      Do you sometimes feel that liability insurance requirements and contemporary ideas of risk aversion are holding back modern human development?
      Even as late as the Apollo program, I’m amazed we ONLY killed three astronauts. We were taking insane, but rationally calculated, risks.
      Now, there is no way in hell we would take such risks.

  • Watchman

    Some Aussie sailor left the bug screen door open while submerging.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Yaaay lowest bidder

  • just_one_Sewer Rat_guy

    Later today, trudeau will announce the procurement of a slightly used submarine to enhance Canada’s navy.