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The SS Iron Crown, an Australian cargo ship sunk by a Japanese submarine during world war II, has been discovered.
The wreck of an Australian cargo ship, discovered 77 years after it was sunk by a Japanese submarine during world war II.
The SS Iron Crown was found in the Bass Strait between mainland Australia and Tasmania, is approximately 62 km from the Victoria’s coast, south of the border with the neighbouring state of New South Wales. The ship was heavily loaded with manganese ore when she was hit by a torpedo off the coast of australia on 4 June 1942, sinking just 60 seconds later. The attack claimed the life of the 38 members of the ship that the 43-strong crew.
Experts at the CSIRO research vessel, Investigator, used multibeam sonar equipment and a special drop-camera to locate the wreck off the coast of the Australian state of Victoria. A picture with the camera shows the ship’s intact bow with railings, chains, and the Iron Crown of the anchors still in position.
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“The Iron Crown is historically important as one of only four world War II shipwrecks in Victorian waters and is the only ship is torpedoed by a u-boat in Victorian waters,” said Peter Harvey, a maritime archaeologist with Heritage Victoria, in a statement. “The location of the wreck after 77 years of not knowing her final resting place will lead to closure for the relatives and family of those who were lost at sea, as well as for Australia’s maritime world.”
The SS Iron Crown of the arch and the ship’s chains were caught on camera (CSIRO)
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization is Australia’s national science agency.
“The wreck of the Iron Crown seems relatively intact, and the ship lies upright on the seabed in approximately 700 meters [2,297 feet] of the water,” Emily Jateff, curator of the ocean science and technology at the australian National Maritime Museum, who led the search effort, said in the statement.
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“We have mapped the site and the surrounding seabed using sonar, but also have a lot of close-up vision of the ship structure by using a drop-camera,” Jateff added. “This will allow us to have a composite picture of the whole site to help in the follow-up surveys for the conservation and management.”
File photo of the SS Iron Crown (left), together with the SS Hagen (National Library of Australia)
The discovery was reported to the Australian and Victorian governments and a memorial service is planned at the site.
In 2017, the Researcher resolved a 74-year mystery when it was found in the wreck of the SS Macumba, a merchant ship sunk during a Japanese air attack off Australia’s Northern Territory.
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The SS Iron Crown is the port side cabin and open cargo area. (CSIRO)
In the last month, the wreck of the world War ii aircraft carrier USS Wasp was found in the Coral Sea, more than 70 years after the ship was sunk during the Guadalcanal campaign.
Wasp was spotted on the seabed by experts from the ship RV Troublemaker, which is part of a research organization founded by the late billionaire Paul Allen.
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File photo of the SS Iron Crown
(South Australian Maritime Museum)
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, died in October 2018 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His research organization has discovered that there are a whole host of historic military shipwrecks, including the wrecks of the USS Helena, the USS Lexington and the USS Juneau.
The group’s biggest discovery, however, came in 2017, when Allen and his team found the long-lost wreck of the USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea.
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Dirt can be seen on the SS Iron Crown of the arch in the vicinity of the ship, open cargo space.
Last summer, a team of scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego and the University of Delaware is the missing stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read, which was destroyed by a Japanese mine in the remote Aleutian Islands.
Also last year, a decades-long mystery about the fate of a ship that disappeared during the second world War, the rescue operation was finally solved.
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A map with the position of the SS Iron Crown on the seabed. (CSIRO)
The wreck of the Empire Wold, a Royal Navy tugboat, was discovered by the coastguards off the coast of Iceland. The ship sank on Nov. 10, 1944, with the loss of her 16 crew members.
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An extremely rare world War II Spitfire fighter plane flown by a pilot who later took part in the “Great Escape” is also retrieved from a remote Norwegian mountains last year.
Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers