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Australia unveils 77 years-old freighter hit by Japanese submarine




(MENAFN) For nearly eight decades, the last resting area of the SS Iron Crown was one of the biggest Australian mysteries.

However, on Tuesday Australia's peak science body the "CSIRO" with the support of the Australian National Maritime Museum have finally found the watery grave of the ill-fated ore ship.

Targeted by a Japanese submarine while sailing through Bass Strait during World War II, the 100-meter-long cargo ship was struck with a torpedo on June 4, 1942.

Maritime archaeologist with Heritage Victoria Peter Harvey declared: "The Iron Crown is historically significant as one of only four World War II shipwrecks in Victorian waters and is the only ship to have been torpedoed by a submarine in Victorian waters."

Harvey added: "There were 43 crew from the Australian Merchant Navy on board the ship and 38 lost their lives in the attack."

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Australia unveils 77 years-old freighter hit by Japanese submarine

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