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P&O Cruises honours Australian AE1 submarine wreckage in Papua New Guinea

February 21, 2018 Cruise No Comments Email Email

During her New Guinea Island Encounter cruise, Pacific Aria sailed near the submerged wreckage of AE1 – the Royal Australian Navy’s first submarine – which was recently discovered near Rabaul, ending a 103-year old mystery. 

Becoming the first P&O cruise ship to do so, Pacific Aria sailed within seven nautical miles of AE1’s last known position when it disappeared with its crew of 35 Australian, British and New Zealand sailors on September 1914, during World War I. Now classified as a war grave, the Captain gave a special address and guests had the opportunity to think about the bravery of the young men and the relief of their descendants more than a century on, as the ship sailed by.

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