Australia Finds Wreck of First Allied Submarine to Sink in World War One

By Elouise Fowler SYDNEY, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Australia has discovered the wreck of its first submarine off the coast of Papua New Guinea, authorities said on Thursday, resolving one of the country's oldest naval mysteries after more than a century. The submarine, AE-1, was the first Allied vessel to sink during World War One, while patrolling for German warships in … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for April 22nd, 2013: Dämmerung des Königs

Sailors in Munich SMS Seydlitz 25,000 ton battlecruiser of the Imperial German Navy built Blohm & Voß, Hamburg, commissioned May 1913 At the Battle of Dogger Bank, 24 January 1915, Seydlitz was hit by a 13.5-inch shell from HMS Lion which penetrated the working chamber of her after turret. The resulting explosion knocked out the rear turret and, due to an open … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for February 27th, 2012 – “Wir sind in Scapa Flow!!”

Kapitänleutnant Günther Prien in 1940 Kriegsmarine Commander of Submarines Karl Dönitz devised a plan to attack Scapa Flow by submarine within days of the outbreak of war. Its goal would be twofold: firstly, that displacing the Home Fleet from Scapa Flow would slacken the British North Sea blockade and grant Germany greater freedom to attack the Atlantic convoys.  … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for February 20, 2012: Alas Poor Yorck; The Raid on Scarborough

What is naval power for? There is no permanent answer. Unlike land-based military might - designed for the conquest of human-occupied territory - sea power has had different functions at different times. In the 19th century, the purpose of "gunboat diplomacy" was to offer a mobile deterrent…. In the first world war (and in the second) the aim was to prevent or deliver … [Read more...]