Once thought lost to the ocean floor forever, Australia’s first submarine was uncovered off the coast of Papua New Guinea in 2017 and is the subject of a new exhibition at Princess Royal Fortress opening this week.
On patrol for German ships on 14 September 1914, the submarine never returned, with the 35 crew and officers presumed lost. It was the Royal Australian Navy’s first wartime vessel loss and the centre of Australia’s most enduring naval mystery.
A collaborative team of researchers and specialists from a number of organisations located the sunken vessel in December 2017, making international news.
On loan from the Curtin University, the exhibition examines the loss of Australia’s first submarine and recounts the discovery of the wreck, revealing the reason behind its sad fate. It features a 3D model of the sunken vessel, and highlights the private, government, and international cooperation required to bring its story to light.
Open from 1 November at 5pm until Sunday 2 February 2020.
Princess Royal Fortress is open every day except Christmas Day from 9am to 5pm.