Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Australian navy finds 'submarine' rock


May 30, 2007

The Australian navy's hopes of finding a World War One submarine has suffered a setback.

A remote camera has shown that an underwater object found in waters near Rabaul, on the Papua New Guinea Island of New Britain in February is a large submarine-shaped rock.

Sailors thought they had found the AE1, Australia's first submarine, which disappeared in September 1914, with 35 crew aboard.

But the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Bruce Billson says a further investigation, using underwater cameras, divers and a remotely operated vehicle has proven the object discovered in February was not the long lost submarine.

The disappearance of the AE1 has been one of Australia's enduring mysteries and was the nation's first major loss of life in World War One.



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