20 Jun 2010

World War I wrecks found on seabed at Gallipoli

2:26 pm on 20 June 2010

A archaeological team from Turkey and Australia has discovered a number of World War I wrecks on the seabed at Gallipoli.

Their survey covered the seabed at Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove, North Beach and Suvla Bay.

Among the findings was a barge off Anzac Cove, which was used to ferry dead and wounded ANZAC troops from the beach.

The ABC reports they also proved a wreck at Suvla Bay was a British destroyer which ran aground and was destroyed by Turkish shell fire in 1915.

The wreck was previously identified as a water-supply vessel.

New South Wales planning minister Tony Kelly says it was the first scientific survey of the seabed at Gallipoli.

He says the team will report to the Turkish and Australian governments about how the sites should be managed.