Australian submarine AE2 with crew on deck at Portsmouth

Stephen Cribb1914

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

This photograph shows the crew of the newly completed submarine, HMAS AE2 in Portsmouth probably sometime in early 1914. On the reverse is written "HMA Submarine AE2, at sea March 11th, hoping this will catch you, am now in the Mediterranean 1/2 way to Malta. Had an a1 time at Gib. Hope your having a good time. Isnt the sub topping. Ive got a big photo of the boat if youd like it. What do you think of this. Yours Geoff, will write when time. Please forward, Miss Haggard, 25 Pelham Cresent, S. Kensington, London SW". It was written by Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Haggard who was on board the AE2 from her journey from England to Australia and her final days in the Sea of Marmara.


  • Title: Australian submarine AE2 with crew on deck at Portsmouth
  • Creator: Stephen Cribb
  • Date: 1914
  • Type: Postcard
  • Significance: Lieutenant Haggard, his Commander Henry Stoker and the rest of the crew from the submarine AE2 were picked up by the Turkish boat SULTAN HISSAR after scuttling their submarine on 30 Aptril 1915 in the Sea of Marmora. The whole crew then spent the next 3 1/2 years as prisoners of war throughout Turkey and four crew members later died as a result of illness due to the harsh conditions experienced.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 90 x 138 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection

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