Philip Smart | Adelaide
Australian WWI submarine AE2 sits in 74 metres of water on the bottom of the Sea of Marmara, Turkey, right where she came to rest after being scuttled by Captain Henry Stoker and her 32 crew in 1915.
AE2 is famous as the submarine that negotiated the treacherous Dardanelles Strait between the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara on the eve of the Gallipoli landings, with orders to “run amok” and harass Turkish ships that would be used to resupply their forces on the Gallipoli Peninsula. She lasted five days before gunfire from a Turkish torpedo boat damaged her engine room and forced Stoker to abandon ship and scuttle the 700-tonne submarine.
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