Submarine AE2 with crew on deck, Portsmouth

Stephen Cribb17/02/1914

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

This photograph, dated February 17 1914, shows the arrival of the submarine HMAS AE2 into Portsmouth, England. AE2 was built, along with HMAS AE1 for the Royal Australian Navy by Vickers-Armstrongs at Barrow-in-Furness, England and commissioned at Portsmouth on 28 February 1914.

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  • Title: Submarine AE2 with crew on deck, Portsmouth
  • Creator: Stephen Cribb
  • Date: 17/02/1914
  • Type: Photograph
  • Significance: The story of the AE2 and her infiltration of the Dardanelles in World War I is a highly significant Allied military and Australian naval episode. Although the event did not ultimately alter the course of the war it did demonstrate to Britain that Turkish waters could be breached. Subsequent submarine activity there by E11 and E14 severely hampered Turkish efforts to reinforce and supply their troops engaged at Gallipoli by forcing them to take the more arduous overland route.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 92 x 140 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mrs D Smyth