Sandringham Yacht Club’s 100-year-old submarine

By the time Australia gets the first of its next fleet of submarines, J-7 will be 113 years old, and won’t have sailed anywhere in a century.

J-7 may be a familiar sight to dozens of sailors who stride past her every day at Sandringham Yacht Club, but most Melburnians won’t even know she’s there.

Once one of the fastest submarines in the world, the only place she’s going these days is deeper into the mud.

“She was quite remarkable,” the Sandringham Yacht Club’s historian Graeme Disney said.

“She had a range of 5,000 miles. That’s extraordinary for First World War times.” 

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By Tim Callanan

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JPK August 2023