Successful survey of I-124 Submarine

We are hugely proud to have successfully completed the first archaeological survey (and first dives in over 38 years!) of the I-124 Japanese Submarine for the Northern Territory Government Dept of Territory Families, Housing and Communities. As always massive thanks to our team and supporters for making these complex projects possible.

This groundbreaking scientific diving project was initiated and overseen by Dr. David Doov Steinberg, Heritage Branch of the Northern Territory, and would not have been possible without the support of Paspaley Pearls who provided the project vessel, and the cultural advice of the Australian Japanese Association of the NT Inc. 北部準州豪日協会

We would like to thank our amazing team led by Dr Matt Carter, Dive Safety Officer Lindsay Scott, team Divers Steve Trewavas, Karl Graddy, Sally Adams, and David Thomas, and filmaker extraordinaire Kasimir Zierl. A special thanks to Grant Treloar of the Darwin Sub-Aqua club for his local knowledge and hardwork! Projects like this would not be possible without the right equipment – special thanks to Fourth Element, Halcyon Dive Systems, Shearwater Research, SUEX – The Submarine Exploration Company, Seacraft.

In World War II Japan and Australia fought for control of the seas north of Australia. The I-124 Japanese submarine was laying mines and hunting ships outside Darwin Harbour when it was engaged by Australian forces. It was attacked and sunk to the seafloor. All 80 submariners perished. Lying 53 metres below the surface, the wreck is highly significant. But the Top End’s strong tides, murky waters and the submarine’s depth have made it impossible to visit. Until now.

The Northern Territory Government led a team of archaeologists and technical divers to inspect the iconic submarine, using the latest in technical diving equipment and innovative site recording tools. Armed with rebreathers and underwater scooters, watch the divers attempt to record the wreck, and experts build detailed 3D models.

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