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Silent Anzac battlefield revisited

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BerichtGeplaatst: 05 Apr 2011 23:54    Onderwerp: Silent Anzac battlefield revisited Reageer met quote

Silent Anzac battlefield revisited

HISTORIC FIND: The barge discovered off Anzac Cove is the type used to transport wounded Australian soldiers to hospital ships in 1915.

FOR nearly a century this barge remained hidden beneath 55m of water in the depths near Anzac Cove.

While its steel hull is now home to some enterprising crayfish, it once carried wounded soldiers to salvation.

The barge, along with two others detected by a team of Turkish and Australian marine archaeologists, is one of many used during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.

Published by the Australian Geographic Society, these photographs reveal a silent underwater battlefield that has remained hidden from view since the Great War.

The archaeologists' efforts have uncovered several relics from the Gallipoli campaign, which they believe will further our understanding of how the battle unfolded.

After a series of financial and logistical setbacks, the team began their search in May last year.

Project Beneath Gallipoli, as it was dubbed by the crew, was the first systematic archaeological survey of the murky depths undertaken.

It has since located several previously undiscovered wrecks.

Among their astonishing finds was a Yarrow-type naval water boiler found in Suvla Bay.

The water boiler is believed to have belonged to the torpedo boat HMS Louis, which was driven ashore by gale-force winds on October 31, 1915.

A short timeframe meant the Beneath Gallipoli team, led by maritime archaeologist Tim Smith, was unable to properly photograph all their finds.

Several patches of "rough ground" detected by the crew are believed to be rubbish-dump sites, but they are yet to investigate them.

As the Anzacs evacuated in December 1915, they dumped excess stores into the sea, including more than six million rounds of ammunition.

The archaeologists hope to return to Anzac Cove in the near future to continue mapping the submerged battlefield.
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