An Australian freighter sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II has been located after 77 years.
The SS Iron Crown, a 100-metre long ship was recently discovered by CSIRO maritime archaeologists onboard research vessel the Investigator.
The freighter was carrying manganese ore through the Bass Strait when it was torpedoed in June 1942 and sunk within 60 seconds.
There were 43 members on the Australian Merchant Navy at the time, of which 38 lost their lives.
Maritime archaeologist Peter Harvey said the discovery would bring closure to the families of those who lost their lives.
The wreck was located through the use of multi-beam sonar equipment and a special drop camera on the Investigator.
Voyage chief scientist Emily Jateff said the sunken vessel was relatively intact and had been sitting upright on the seafloor 700 metres below water.
Imagery captured by the CSIRO showed the bow of the ship intact with railings, anchor chains and both anchors still in position as well as other structures on the deck.
"This is an important discovery for Australia and all onboard feel honoured to have been involved in this successful search," Ms Jateff said.
The discovery is one of a number of historic shipwrecks found by the Investigator in recent years.