Member of Class
K VIII
Boat
K IX
Sister Ships
K VIII, K IX, K X

 

K IX in Vlissingen, 1925.K IX in Vlissingen, 1925.

For additional photos and information please check the 'related pages list' at the bottom of this page.

 

1917

27 June 1917: K IX is ordered.

1919

1 Mar 1919: K IX is laid down at the K.M. De Schelde shipyard in Vlissingen.

1922

23 Dec 1922: K IX is launched.

1923

21 June 1923: K IX is commissioned to the Royal Netherlands Navy

21 June 1923: K IX is possibly under the command of K.G. Bron.

21 June 1923 - 16 Feb 1924: K IX is under the command of: ?

1924

16 Feb - 2 June 1924: K IX is under the command of Ltz. I  F.W. Coster.

28 Feb - 13 May 1924: K IX departs Vlissingen ( Netherlands) and sails via Portland, Plymouth, Sevilla, Tunis, Alexandria, Port Said, Suez, Aden and Colombo to Sabang unescorted and under her own power.

13 May 1924: K IX arrives in Sabang (Dutch East Indies).

13 May 1924: K IX arrives in the Dutch East Indies.

2 June 1924 - 10 July 1925: K IX is under the command of Ltz. I  P.J. Feteris.

15 June 1924: K IX arrives in Soerabaja (N.E.I.).

1925

10 July 1925 - 12 June 1926: K IX is under the command of Ltz. I  D.C.M. Hetterschij.

1926

25 Mar 1926: K IX, K II, K VII and  K VIII sail from Tarakan to Manila (Philippines) and back.

K IX (right) and K VIII  in Manila, 1926. In the background K II (left) and K VII.

More pictures of this series can be seen at the K II, K VII and K VIII page.

(Photo: © E.G. Tall EM2(SS), collection D.E.Tall ET1(SS))

K VIII (left) and K IX in Manila, 1926. In the background K II (left) and K VII. (Photo: © E.G. Tall EM2(SS), collection D.E.Tall ET1(SS))

12 June 1926 - 22 June 1927: K IX is under the command of Ltz. II  A.S. Pinke.

1927

22 June - 16 Sep 1927: K IX is under the command of Ltz. II  H. Witte.

1 Dec 1927 - 22 Mar 1928: K IX is under the command of Ltz. II  E.J. Borgesius.

1928

22 Mar 1928 - 12 Nov 1930: K IX is under the command of Ltz. II  / Ltz. I  J.A. de Gelder.

1930

12 Nov 1930 - 1 Nov 1932: K IX is under the command of Ltz. I  H.C.W. Moorman.

1936

H.M. Ort reports: 7 March 1936 - 17 Apr 1936: K IX is under the command of Ltz. I  J.W. Ort.

1937

27 Sep - 25 Oct 1937: K IX is under the command of Ltz. II  C.A.J. van Well Groeneveld.

25 Oct 1937 - 1938: K IX is under the command of ?

1939

21 Aug 1939 - 14 Feb 1940: K IX is under the command of Ltz. II  A.H. Deketh.

1940

10 May 1940: Germany attacks the Netherlands.

1941

24 or 25 Jan - 1 May 1941: K IX is under the command of P.G.J. Snippe.

K IX patrols the Dutch East Indies waters.

Mar 1941: K IX, K X and K XVII are ordered to Sunda Strait because the German "pantser" ship Scheer is spotted in the Indian Ocean and attacked several merchants

1 May - 1 or 8 Dec 1941: K IX is under the command of Ltz. II  / Ltz. I  P.G de Back.

1 or 7 Dec 1941 - 1942: K IX is under repair at the Naval yard in Soerabaja.

K IX is stricken from the 'active list'

7 Dec 1941: The USA declares war on Japan after Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbour. Approximately 7 hours after the attack the Netherlands also declares war on Japan.

7 Dec 1941: The CZM radios the message #109 1207-2215 "War with Japan has broken out".

8 Dec 1941: The crew of the K IX is transferred to the K X so the later can return to active service.

14 Dec 1941: Japanese planes bomb Tarempah (Anambas Islands) which is Netherlands East Indies territory.

27 Dec 1941: Japanese invaders occupy Tambelan Islands, Dutch territory, between Borneo and Singapore.

1942

6 Jan - 1 Mar 1942: K IX is under the command of Ltz. II  J.W. Caspers. The recommissioned submarine is manned with reserve personnel of the Soerabaja submarine base.

Mar 1942: K IX returns to active service.

1 Mar - 15 July 1942: K IX is under the command of  Ltz. II  Th. Brunsting.

K IX conducts a war patrol to the Gulf of Siam but must return to port because of engine problems. She sails to Fremantle because the Japanese have invaded Soerabaja.

2 Mar 1942: K IX sails to Fremantle (Australia) she sails the route via Street Alas. Seven important officers are on board.

13 Mar 1942: K IX arrives in Fremantle (Australia).

Mar 1942: K IX is based at Fremantle and is under U.S. operational control.

1 and 2 April 1942: K IX is used as piggy boat during ASW exercises at Gage-Roads (Fremantle).

It is expected that the K IX will be able to reach Sydney where she can assist in asdic exercises until her aging battery will be a totall loss.

15 Apr 1942: The Dutch offer two submarines (complete with crews) to the Royal Australian Navy. The K XII for operational service and the K IX as a training aid for the antisubmarine warfare school. This offer is accepted at the end of April. The RAN refers to the K IX as the K9.

For more info about this transfer read the special The K IX Club.

20 Apr 1942: K IX, together with K XII and the minesweeper Abraham Crijnssen, travel via Adelaide and Melbourne to Sydney for repairs.

30 Apr 1942: The RAN accepts the offer of the two Dutch submarines.

12 May 1942 between 12:00 and 16:00 hrs: K XII, K IX and the minesweeper Abraham Crijnssen arrive in Sydney (Australia).

K IX docks at the East side of Garden Island Naval Base alongside the requisitioned harbour ferry HMAS Kuttabul.

K IX is in Sydney for servicing and transfer to the antisubmarine warfare school some time in August (25th of August is expected). Following an inspection, the hull is found to require engineering work and the machinery, including the engines and battery, are in a poor state. The installation of a Mark VIII revolving directional hydrophone and a underwater smoke candle gun is also planned. The boat will be refitted at the Garden Island Yard.

31 May 1942 - 1 June 1942: K IX is heavily damaged during the Japanese midget submarine attack in Sydney Harbour on the night of May 31/June 1.

This nigh a complete watch division is on board the K IX. Ltz. II  J.C.K. Leeksma, 2 Sub-Officers, 6 Corporals several men and several watch men .

31 May at 22:30 hrs: The Sub-Officer of the watch reports to the officer of the watch that the USS Chicago, an Augusta class cruiser, is firing several shots. The officer goes on deck an notices the shooting has stopped and that the searchlights are off. It seems there is no alarm because all Garden Islands lights are still on and the crew of HMS Kuttabul is not woken up, the crew members already woken up by the shooting are going back to their bunks. All vessels remain at their positions. Because of these circumstances the officer of the watch finds it unnecessary to obtain information on the shooting.

1 Jun at 00:30 hrs:  An torpedo explodes between the dock side and HMS Kuttabul. The torpedo, intended for the USS Chicago, passes under K IX, which is moored alongside the HMAS Kuttabul, and detonates against the sea wall. The concussion sinks the accommodation ferry, creates shock waves that roll the submarine onto her beam-ends and lift her diesel engines off of their beds and damage the aft batteries as well. The forward part of the superstructure of the K IX, which has been tied up alongside the other ship, is crushed when the Kuttabul sinks and hits the submarine.

One sub-officer of the watch is wounded when he is blown off the submarine in the explosion. Immediately after the explosion the Officer of the watch checks the submarine for leaks, orders the hatches to be closed and orders to cut the lines between K IX and HMAS Kuttabul.

The K IX is towed to an other dock on Garden-Island.

June 1942: The damaged battery of K IX is removed and sold as scrap to A.G. Sims Pty Ltd, metal merchants of Newtown, Sydney.

Because a repaired K IX would not be able to support the war effort effectively, and because the Dutch Navy needs more personnel in the U.K. for the new submarines being built there, it is decided to decommission the K IX.

26 June 1942: The Dutch receive permission from London to decommission the K IX. But it will take until 23 Aug 1942 before it actually happens.

28 June 1942: The Dutch Navy informs the RAN that they want to decommission the K IX. The Dutch Navy has a shortage of manpower and the crew of the K IX will be send to the U.K. to operate a new construction submarine. The RAN immediately stops all work on the K IX.

15 July 1942: K IX is decommissioned.

15 July - 23 Aug 1942: K IX is under the command of Ltz. I  H.C.J. Coumou.

27 July 1942: The Queen is asked permission to strike the K VIII and the K IX.

27 July 1942: The RAN decided to continue the work on the K IX and use ''local sources'' to get a crew. Eventually the boat was manned by RN and USN officers (volunteers) and completed with RAN volunteers.

17 Aug 1942: The Queen gives permission to strike the K VIII and the K IX.

27 Aug 1942: K IX is stricken.

Various parts, including several electric motors, of the K VIII are used for the K IX.

Nov 1942: K IX is entrusted to the Royal Australian Navy for the duration of the war. They RAN expects to commission the submarine in March 1943

?? 1942 or 1943: The main battery of K IX is replaced by the one removed from the K VIII when it was scrapped.

1943

?? 1942 or 1943: The main battery of K IX is replaced by the one removed from the K VIII when it was scrapped.

22 June 1943: K IX is renamed HMAS K9 and commissioned to the Royal Australian Navy under the command of Lt. F.M. Piggott RNR.

End of June 1943: It is anticipated that the K9 will complete refit on 5 July. However yet more defects are detected and its introduction to service slips back to September and then (due to engine trouble) to November.

1944

January 1944: Among the mechanical defects in K9 is one involving the starboard main motor. this defect developed in January, but because of the dockyard workload it can not be repaired for at least a month Lt. Piggott completes his week of exercises using only the port main motor.

22 Jan 1944 at 08:32 hrs: The defective starboard main motor interacts with the poorly ventilated and maintained batteries, last battery overhaul was in 1939, which results  in a major battery explosion in the after section of K9's main battery. No one is injured. 35 Battery cells are damaged, 29 cells are cracked and battery tank fittings and plates are buckled.

In Nov 2003 Commander Geoff Vickridge RFD* RANR (rtd) writes: ........At 0832 a major battery explosion occurred in the after section of the main battery of HMAS K 9 (the former Dutch submarine of the same 'name') while it was alongside Garden Island Dockyard, New South Wales. No one was injured.  The explosion was attributed to a defective starboard motor interacting with the poorly ventilated main battery. Although the dockyard had installed the battery, nobody carried out any tests on it to see if it was safe for installation. Because of the explosion, 35 battery cells were damaged beyond repair, the tops of 29 other cells were cracked as well as battery tank plates being buckled, and fittings damaged.  For this and the much other unserviceability that the submarine had, she was paid off only two months later on 31 March.

Jan/Feb 1944:Lt. Piggott forwards a report on operational abilities of K9, the report includes the defects of K9. Piggott lists over two pages of major defects in the vessel. Of course most defects were already present before the battery explosion

24 Feb 1944: The decommissioning of  HMAS K9 is approved.

31 Mar 1944:  It was decided to pay off the HMAS K9 on 31 March 1944 and return it to the Royal Netherlands Navy.

1944 or 1945: K IX is converted to an oil lighter.

1945

1944 or 1945: K IX is converted to an oil lighter.

Mid May 1945: The conversion of K IX, into an oil hulk, is completed.

8 May 1945: Germany surrenders.

Early June 1945: While being towed out of Sydney (departure 6th or 7th June, heading for Darwin) by the Dutch minesweeper Abraham Crijnssen the tow breaks and K IX is driven ashore (7/8 June). The loss of the tow is not noticed by the Abraham Crijnssen crew until sunrise at June 8. A plane is called in to search for the submarine. Around 15:00 hrs the plane spots the K 9. The submarine is not yet stranded, but the search is called off because it is getting dark. The next day (June 9) at 10:15 hrs the plane spots K 9 once again. But now the submarine is wrecked on Fiona Beach, Seal Rocks, on the central coast of New South Wales (3 miles WSW of Sugar Loaf Point). Abraham Crijnssen tries to tow the hulk of the beach but because of the storm they have to give it up. Because of the high cost involved the Dutch Navy does not attempt again to get the hulk afloat.

Read the article The towing of K-IX by Hr.Ms. Abraham Crijnssen for an eye witness account.

20 July 1945: The "Commonwealth Disposals Commission"  sells the wreck (still on the beach) of K IX for scrap iron to Messrs Humphrey & Batt of Sydney for the sum of 985 pounds. Locals already started getting the diesel engine out manually. The new owners recover the rest of the fuel but not the hull as it is buried too deeply to move.

21 Jul 1945, From the Sydney 'Daily Telegraph':

Two engineers who yesterday (the 20th of July) bought at auction for £985 a Dutch Submarine which had been stranded on Fiona Beach (North Coast) said that they had acquired "a first class investment". The submarine K IX was bought by Mr. J.G. Humphreys and Mr. A.H. Batt engineering partners.
The sale was conducted for the Disposals Commission by Mr. K.W. Huenerbein who explained for 30 minutes the "best method" of salving the submarine. Mr. Huenerbein said that he was sure the Government would buy the submarine back from anybody who refloated her. Forty-two prospective buyers attended the sale. Mr. Huenerbein assured them that anything that had been stolen could be got back. "I know where some of it is and many of you here know who took some of it" he said. "If you want it back, you have only to mention it to the Salvage Commissioner".
Buyers were told that there were 126 tons of diesel oil in the submarine which could be salvaged. The auctioneer estimated that the value of salvage would be more than £5000.
Bidding was started at £100 by Mr. H.W. Legg of Bomba Point. "I want to get it before this fellows with the boat get all the oil out. They come every night and work like trojans". he said. After bidding past £500 only two were left in. Mr. Humphreys  said he had been prepared to go to £1000 for the K IX. "We can't loose on the investment at £1000, and we will refloat it when we get the gear to the spot.

Shortly after the auction the buyers arrived in the area to strip the vessel of all valuable metals. Special vehicle tracks were laid down through the bush and over sand dunes to reach the stranded submarine.

K IX stranded on Fiona Beach, 1945. (Photo: © Collection N. Peters).

Checkout the K IX photo special for more images of the stranded sub.

K IX stranded on Fiona Beach, 1945. (Photo: © Collection N.Peters).

15 Aug 1945: Japan surrenders.

Locals stripped some of the internal hull of copper pipe, etc in years when the vessel was exposed, but local identities today recall being able to walk the full length of the deck in 1969, and partially in 1984 !  It therefore appears that the hull is largely intact, although the conning tower appears to have been removed prior to the loss, when the vessel was converted to a fuel lighter (tanker).

The beach where K IX wrecked is renamed "Submarine Beach" in honour of the loss.

For more info about the fate of K IX checkout the pages: Historic submarine K IX found, The K IX Club and the K IX photo special.

Year and date unknown

Below a very interesting letter, concerning the K 9, written by H. Batt

Re enquiry from (Watson) Navy News, 22 July, about what became of Submarine K9, I am the bloke who can tell him. That tin opener you cook with during mumís absence could well be part of her focísle ladder; likewise part of her deck plating became the paddles on a stern wheeler that transported timber from Bungwahl to Port Stevens. Some of her stop valves are still irrigating citrus orchards in Gosford. Two-tons of her lead ballast were boiled down in one of the first Australianís drinking tanks at Kirknessí sawmill in Gosford and cast into a keel for the ketch JOHN B. SETREE which is now trading in the Pacific Islands. My garage is full of K9 including the teak hatches from the battery compartment wherein, I learn from (Watson) there was an explosion, which accounts for one of them being partly burnt.

The remains of her hull now lie under thirty feet of sand three miles south of Seal Rocks Lighthouse and one mile north of the wreck of old FIONA on Fiona Beach, but you will have to negotiate miles of sand hills to get there. On K9ís deeply buried keel, composed of lead in ton blocks, lies a fortune of six thousand quid. In the first AUSTRALIA in the North Sea during the first war, whilst the old war-horse was shipping them green (close those damn ports), I dreamed of the day when I would be picking luscious oranges from my own citrus grove whilst reclining in the shade with one of those; (NO of course not, we were denied the luxury of such beautiful creatures as grace the RAN). No more scrubbing decks, no 10A, everything tranquil with someone to lash up the old fleabag (hammock) and do the dobeying, all this and more came to pass, as the bible says.

I was not the only one on that ship suffering such hallucinations. No sir, Assistant Paymaster LCDR MOSSE-ROBINSON was also afflicted with the same malady and fate decreed that he had his quarter deck on the orchard adjoining mine but that is another story. Alas one stormy night during the last war, I was having some shut-eye in the middle watch when I was awakened by a violent shaking of the four poster. Occasionally the goat shoved in the back door and combed its hair on the hammock clews, but this goat did more than that it could talk. Opening my optics I expected to behold Harry ISLES the Bull of Whale Island, instead I saw my wayward son who appeared to have fallen in the drink, whilst outside was a jalopy coughing its asthmatic way though a bag of wet charcoal while torrential rain threatened to put the gas producer out of action. "Cummon Pop, Iím taking you for a ride", said my young hopeful. "Like hell you are" I replied, "have you come here to help drive the tractor or to put in the nips for a few quid?"

His reply made me realise my mistake in not shoving him into the navy to become an admiral, it was the first indication that his veins contained even a minute quality of NELSONís Blood. "Well Pop now that you mention it a thousand quid would just about see me through this week."
That seemed to be taking Pop for a ride all right, with Mum hanging on behind. "Get up Pop and put on a coat, youíll need it, the old jalopy leaks like hell, we are off to Seal Rocks a submarine is drifting off there somewhere, I going to buy it and make you the skipper of it." I had often wondered how some of the blokes I sailed with became Skippers! "Look son you go and turn in with that other goat in the barn and Iíll take you to a psychiatrist in the morning".

Imagine a matelot rearing a kid who had no ambition to follow his dear old dad by starting and remaining on the lousy bottom rung of the ladder, but was determined to start at the top, appoint his own officers and even own a navy! Like a sensible matelot, I turned over on the other tack and went to sleep with the sound of the old heap of junk wheezing its way down the drive en-route to Seal Rocks. Two days later it staggered to a stop outside the door, whilst its driver tried to sell me shares in the K9 then drifting amongst rocks and plain liability to anyone daft enough to become the owner.
Before that week was out the blessed tranquillity of the orange ranch was in danger of drifting on the rocks, as was her want (whatever the hell that means). Mum appeared in the orchard this time without the seven baller, as the tractor drew near I saw the light of battle in her eyes, I was used to that with Crushers but not with Mum.

My family calls me mostly two names, there are others of course for occasions when I entertained Fruit Inspectors with beer from the fridge, (talk about snivelling to Crushers). With everything running on ball bearings Iím Arold, let one wheel slip a cog and Iím Joe, this morning I knew I was Joe before I stopped the tractor to listen. "Now cummon Joe how much did you lend him Joe? Wot about my washing machine when we win the lottery and all that fertiliser to grow oranges that are going rotten in the packing shed, now cummon how much did you give him? I want to know Joe or I ring up the bank."
"I just heard all about it on the wireless; a young engineer in the inspection branch of the Air Ministry had the stranded K9 knocked down to him at Strangeís Auction Room for ni-ni-nine hundred and eighty qu-qu-quid. (Here her voice raised to a crescendo until it sounded like half a million.) He is going to tow it to Sydney to sell back to the RAN, but you are not going in it Joe. (New carpets, lino in the kitchen, hot water over the sink, when we win the lottery.) Donít think you are going to be a big fellow bringing that submarine through Sydney Heads like you told me you brought the AUSTRALIA in 1913.

I might have sent the balloon up properly by asking how she knocked the gate out with the car; instead I started the tractor to drown the lottery win. To give this financial wizard his due I had not lent or given him a bean, for the following weeks Mum was trying to make the wireless talk while one of its valves was in the creek.

K9ís ballast tanks contained 27,000 gallons of diesel fuel and was being towed up to New Guinea when the towrope parted and it drifted into shoal waters. Unwittingly I did become a shareholder in this floating risk, this budding Minister for the Navy, his mate and what looked like a human derelict called and swiped my truck, a pumping engine and everything else they thought Pop wouldnít miss until it was gone.

I wondered why the derelict was included in the salvage crew, he was dumped on board with three loves of bread and told to repel boarders who might claim the ship while they returned to Sydney to hire a tug. Tug owners are not stupid, they came back with the truck full of blokes, Ďconvenient Williamsí and miles of wire for Pop to splice in his stand-easy time, then they found the crew had deserted, having scoffed the mungy he hopped over the side and swam ashore, they found the poor cow in the sand hills looking for paddy melons.

To cut a long story short there is a lesson here that we old salt pork fed matelots might learn from the younger generation. Two youths worked like niggers and made a pile of dough out of K9. Miles of copper tubing were taken out and straightened to lay a pipeline over the sand hills, the fuel was pumped through it to the end of an improvised road seven miles long, from there it was taken to Taree and sold to Peterís Ice Cream factory. Ten tons of ingot lead was removed from the bilges, four phosphor bronze torpedo tubes brought two hundred quid each, one generator was sold to Tiona Caravan Park. Everything that could be removed with gelignite was salvaged, the hull being galvanised, was a dead loss; oxy cutters worth 25 bob each burned out in the dozens.

A hole cut in the shipís side to remove a diesel engine sealed her doom, during a storm it filled with sand and has been gradually sinking, it would pay you navy blokes to borrow Garden Islandís crane for a week and get after her keel.

At the risk of wearing the reader I will add a little more to this fantastic but none the less true story. While this budding shipowner was wrecking the sub a Westland Widgeon plane fell into Leggs Swamp nearby, and broke a wing and propeller, thus more junk was added to the Navy-cum-Air Force magnateís pile of wreckage. Out went my tractor and implements; the barn then became the first and only hanger in Gosford. Now donít howl about your kids joining the navy at least you have a fair idea of what they are going to do next. Thank you Navy News for publishing that picture of K9 her admiral will be pleased to see it.

Yours sincerely,
"Lofty" H. BATT.

1969

Early Jan 1969: In Aug 2001 Ann Richardson writes: " . .My brother Robert Gottery was about 17 years old at the time and saw the wreck of the K IX in early January, 1969. He too claims that he could walk the length of its deck and that the hull was intact. . ."

Locals stripped some of the internal hull of copper pipe, etc in years when the vessel was exposed, but local identities today recall being able to walk the full length of the deck in 1969, and partially in 1984. It therefore appears that the hull is largely intact, although the conning tower appears to have been removed prior to the loss, when the vessel was converted to a fuel lighter (tanker).

1974

1974: During the 1974 gale the K IX wreck is washed out. This level of exposure will not be witnessed again until Sept 2001.

1977

14 January 1977: The part of Fiona Beach where K IX ran ashore is officially renamed Submarine Beach to recall the lost vessel. 

1984

Locals stripped some of the internal hull of copper pipe, etc in years when the vessel was exposed, but local identities today recall being able to walk the full length of the deck in 1969, and partially in 1984. It therefore appears that the hull is largely intact, although the conning tower appears to have been removed prior to the loss, when the vessel was converted to a fuel lighter (tanker).

1999

July 1999: Maritime Archaeologists from the NSW Heritage Office are preparing to search for the wreck of the ex-Dutch submarine, K IX. This boat washed ashore at Submarine Beach near Seal Rocks in NSW, Australia, after a towing accident in 1945. While the wreck is now buried under beach sands, its approximate position is known. A magnetometer survey will attempt to relocate the site and some limited probing to determine its buried depth. Few archival records survive for the vessel in Australia, even though it was commissioned into the Royal Australian NAVY during WWII. The team is hoping to detect the wreck on Tuesday 20 July when they attempt the first beach search.

20 July 1999: The wreck of K IX is relocated by a team from the NSW Heritage Office. Team member Tim Smith reports:

  ".....The wreck of K IX was last observed in 1984 after heavy seas removed large volumes of sand from the site. Local fishermen however, all had slightly different recollections as to where it lay on Submarine Beach near Seal Rocks, NSW, Australia. We covered these areas using a Ferex Magnetometer which discounted each of these areas. We then checked a position marked on a coastal chart of the area which was derived from earlier aerial photography. We detected the wreck site beneath the sand of the beach. It is buried in three meters of sand and lies approximately at 35 degrees to the shore, with the bow pointing south and inland.  The site is too deeply buried to inspect further. We will have to wait until heavy seas next expose it, perhaps in another 10-20 years !!....."

Click on of these links for photos or more info on the search.

2000

10 May 2000: Tim Smith reports " . . .believe it or not, the K IX was actually slightly uncovered from the 10th of May. Portions are still (end of May) visible, but not enough sand has temporarily washed off the beach to expose it. The event is significant though as it confirms that the site we located on 20 July 1999 remotely, it was the correct wreck !  . . ."

Other sources report that a portion of a vertical semi-circular casing is partially exposed.

2001

March 2001: Tim Smith reports " . . . .the NSW Heritage Office is organizing a ceremony at the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse near Seal Rocks, NSW, Australia, where an interpretative plaque to the submarine K IX will be unveiled. The plaque will be mounted outside on the sea shore a few kilometres north of where the wreck lies. It will be launched by the Deputy Premier of NSW, the Hon Dr Andrew Refshauge MP, with invited guests including the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Ex Servicemen & Women's Association (Australia), the Naval Historical Society of Australia, the Submarines Association of Australia, etc.  The event will take place on Friday 23 March 2001 at 12pm. . . "

Click here for more info and photos of the ceremony

Mid Sept 2001: The K IX has re-emerged from its sandy grave after king tides in the area. This level of exposure has not been witnessed for 27 years, when the submarine became similarly washed out during the 1974 gale.

Click here for more info on the exposure or photos of the revealed wreck.

 

 

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