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Episodio #59: Trovata finalmente la nave affondata

A current still image of the SS Iron Crown, which was used to carry freight during World War II, has been discovered off the Victorian coastline. Source: CSIRO

Il relitto di una nave mercantile australiana, affondata da un siluro giapponese durante la seconda guerra mondiale, è stato trovato al largo della costa di Victoria.

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Il relitto di una nave mercantile australiana, affondata da un siluro giapponese durante la seconda guerra mondiale, è stato trovato al largo della costa di Victoria. La SS Iron Crown affondò nel giugno 1942. Solo cinque dei 43 membri dell'equipaggio a bordo riuscirono a sopravvivere.

La prua per lo più intatta della SS Iron Crown è emersa dall’oscurità a circa 700 metri sotto il livello del mare.

Non era stata vista da quando fu silurata da un sottomarino giapponese 77 anni fa, provocandone l'affondamento in 60 secondi.

Peter Harvey di Heritage Victoria ha dichiarato che si è trattato di un momento allo stesso tempo dolce e amaro.

“It was disbelief initially, I thought this is great, I can't wait to tell their families, but then it was a bit sad when I found out that George had died in 2012, and we weren't able to pass that on first hand. “

George Fisher, l'ultimo dei soli cinque sopravvissuti, è morto nel 2012. Il figlio, Michael, ha dichiarato che George avrebbe voluto sapere che cosa fosse successo alla SS Iron Crown.

“He spent so much time after he retired, going through all that, from the war and the sinking of the ship. He would have been ecstatic. He's found the conclusion, you know. “

La SS Iron Crown è una delle 22 navi affondate al largo della costa del Victoria durante la Seconda guerra mondiale.

13 sottomarini giapponesi operavano nell'area in quel momento, ma quell'informazione non venne resa nota per evitare il panico.

La scoperta della SS Iron Crown, a 100 chilometri dalla costa del Victoria, è un ricordo di quanto la guerra sia arrivata vicina all’Australia.

“This is part of a bigger picture, a bigger jigsaw puzzle. It's been really great fun to piece it together and work out what was going on at that time, when there wasn't that much information available publically. “ 

La nave è stata trovata utilizzando la tecnologia sonar e una speciale telecamera sommergibile sulla nave da ricerca, l'Investigator.

Emily Jateff è la principale scienziata coinvolta nella ricerca e a suo parere è stata la tecnologia a rendere possibile il ritrovamento.

“One of the most important things in locating shipwrecks is the geophysical package that's on board Investigator. They have an operations team that has seabed mapping systems, and also the drop camera systems and scientific instrumentation. So I could make use of that entire package of technology on board, and opportunistically deploy it when needed. “

La tecnologia moderna ha contribuito a dare risposte alle famiglie, ma, come sostiene Michael Fisher, ha anche dato la possibilità di far conoscere nuovamente questa vicenda.

“All of a sudden it comes back again now. With the grandchildren and everything else now, we'll pull all the stuff out, go through it all and I can share it with them. “

La posizione esatta del relitto non è stata rivelata al fine di proteggere il sito, ma è stata pianificata una cerimonia commemorativa.


 

English

The mostly intact front end of the SS Iron Crown emerged from a wall of watery darkness, nearly 700 metres below sea level.

It hadn't been seen since it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine 77 years ago, causing the ship to sink within 60 seconds.

Heritage Victoria's Peter Harvey says it was a bittersweet moment.

“It was disbelief initially, I thought this is great, I can't wait to tell their families, but then it was a bit sad when I found out that George had died in 2012, and we weren't able to pass that on first hand. “

George Fisher, the last remaining of only five survivors, died in 2012.

His son, Michael, says George was passionate about finding out what had happened to the SS Iron Crown.

“He spent so much time after he retired, going through all that, from the war and the sinking of the ship. He would have been ecstatic. He's found the conclusion, you know. “

The SS Iron Crown was one of 22 ships sunk off the coast of Victoria, during the second World War.

13 Japanese submarines were operating in the area at the time, but that information that was kept quiet from the public, to avoid panic.

The discovery of the SS Iron Crown, 100 kilometres off the Victorian coastline, is a reminder of how close the war came to Australia.

“This is part of a bigger picture, a bigger jigsaw puzzle. It's been really great fun to piece it together and work out what was going on at that time, when there wasn't that much information available publically. “ 

The ship was found using sonar technology, and a special drop camera on the research vessel, the Investigator.

Emily Jateff was the lead scientists involved in the search, and says the technology made it all possible.

“One of the most important things in locating shipwrecks is the geophysical package that's on board Investigator. They have an operations team that has seabed mapping systems, and also the drop camera systems and scientific instrumentation. So I could make use of that entire package of technology on board, and opportunistically deploy it when needed. “

It's modern technology that has helped provide some closure for families, but as Michael Fisher says, it's also a chance to share the stories again.

“All of a sudden it comes back again now. With the grandchildren and everything else now, we'll pull all the stuff out, go through it all and I can share it with them.”

The exact whereabouts of the wreck haven't been revealed, in order to protect the site, but a memorial service has been planned.

Report by Matt Connellan    

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