Australian submarine AE-2 was sunk by her own crew 29.
April in the Dardanelle's outside the Turkish coastline
After a heroic journey and active duty where they among
other things managed to sink a Turkish destroyer, the
submarine was scuttled by her own crew after having
received severe damage. 29. April 1915 the submarine
disappeared in the deep, and Lieutenant Commander H. S.
Stoker and his crew of Australian and British men ended
as prisoners of war for the rest of the war. The wreck
of AE-2 was found in 1998, and the wreck rest today on
her keel, partly buried in the sand on a depth of 72
meter northeast of Canakkale. Alse see the sistership HMAS
AE-1 which was found in 2017 at Papua New Guinea.
x 6,9 x 3,9 m
|599 displ ( surfaced )
||Barrow in Furness ( UK )
|| ( AU )
Picture: HMAS AE-2
Courtesy of Navy.gov.au
submarines, the AE1 and the AE2 , were launched in 1913
and were manned by composite Australian and British
crews. At the outbreak of the First World War, the AE1
and the AE2 were sent from Sydney to German New Guinea
with the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary
Force and helped to capture the German colony. On 14
September, a day after the official German surrender of
the colony, the AE1, commanded by Lieutenant Commander
Thomas Besant, left Rabaul harbour to patrol Cape
Gazelle, and never returned. The AE2, commanded by
Lieutenant Commander H. S. Stoker, achieved fame for its
operations in the Dardanelles. The AE2 was ordered to
sail through the Dardanelles, and disrupt Turkish
shipping in the Sea of Marmora. No other submarine had
yet managed to breach the Turkish defences, but in the
early hours of 25 April 1915, the AE2 got past
minefields and land-based guns, and after torpedoing a
Turkish destroyer, it reached the Sea of Marmora. The
AE2 remained at large for five more days before
sustaining irreparable damage while under heavy fire.
Stoker was forced to sink the submarine and surrender"