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Nathaniel Smith

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I pride myself as a researcher but I have not been able to locate Calvertville's exact location on a map.

I have read descriptions of its location. I have read descriptions on this Message Board from people who have been there. I have read Earl Richmond's words:
Going into Tulagi ... at the end of the channel ... we bore right around the end of it .. we turned right and went a short way further down the channel.

Can someone save me from my ignorance?

The map below has A B C D E F printed in red. Choose the correct answer or do I need more letters? Thank you very much.



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  TED WALTHER

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Nat;
From everything I have read, Calvertville was A, at Sesapi.
Happy Fathers Day to you and your Dad.
Take care,
TED


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EARL RICHMOND

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IT WAS SESAPI,TULAGI HARBOR /A YOU CAN FOLLOW THE CHANNEL UP AROUND THE POINT AND TURN TO THE BASE.



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Ask the man who's been there. Thanks, Earl!

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Nathaniel Smith

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This is what I love about all of you and this message board. You are great. I just love being able to post a question and have those that know and those that were there respond. In doing my research ... I have found the books to be wrong so many times. Pat Rogers has straightened me out many times and now Earl. Good job.

Earl ... recently I have been going over your old posts to research what the Ship Cook did for the PT boat. I love the recipe section. I remember my dad telling me that his cook, E.W. Habenicht (Cookie), could make SPAM taste like ham, beef, chicken (he had a few other menu items I can't remember). Pat Rogers remembers him well and has sent me pictures of him. While Pat remembers the cook staying at base ... my dad remembers the cook providing food all night on patrols ... and them manning the battle stations during an attack.

Happy Fathers Day one and all.


left to right: Art Schwerdt, Pat Rogers, Cookie E.W. Habenicht (plus a frequent meal)

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NATHANIEL AND WILL THANK YOU SO MUCH.IF EVERYONE STOPPED ASKING QUESTIONS WE WOULDN,T BE ABLE TO KEEP OUR BRAINS ACTIVE GIVING YOU THE ANSWERS.KEEP THE QUESTIONS COMING.THAT CAN OF SPAM DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THE ONES WE HAD.YOU COULD FRY IT,BAKE IT,BOIL IT,MIX IT BURN IT AND EVEN MAKE SOUP OUT OF IT BUT IT WAS STILL SPAM.TRY A SPAM BURGER.YOU MIGHT LIKE IT.SPAM PARMESSAN IS GOOD TOO.I GUESS, IF YOU HAD ENOUGH ALKY,IT COULD EVEN TASTE LIKE STEAK.CNA EVEN MIX IT WITH FISH FOR A FISH BURGER.ONE THING THOUGH,IT TOOK ALL OF US TO RUN THE BOATS.IF WE DID NOT DO THE JOB TOGETHER IT WOULD NOT HAVE WORKED OUT.SO ALL THE OTHERS DESERVE EQUAL CREDITS.WE WERE A CLOSE KNIT BUNCH OF GUYS.GLAD YOU LIKED THE RECIPES.WE TRIED EVEN THOUGH ,SOMETIMES,WE GOT A BAD REP.TAKE CARE,BE WELL AND ENJOY YOUR SNACKS. EARL

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29navy

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Don't want to sound like I'm contradicting someone who was there, but from what I've read, I thought CALVERTVILLE was actually on Florida Island.

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/Building_Bases/bases-25.html

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A very interesting but long read. I copied the relevent portion and posted it here


Tulagi
Concurrent with the building up of the large base on Guadalcanal, Tulagi,across Iron Bottom Sound and part of the Florida Island group, was developed as a small naval base. It provided a well-protected harbor where large ships could anchor, and facilities were established for the reserve storage of fuel and diesel oil, and for the support of seaplanes, landing craft, and motor torpedo boats.
Tulagi, with a circumference of about 3 miles, was the seat of government for the British Protectorate of the Solomons.

In October 1942, a detachment of 59 men of the 6th Battalion was sent from Guadalcanal to Tulagi to built a PT-boat base at Sesapi. The strength of the detachment was later increased to 133 officers and men. First, an emergency outlet channel for Tulagi harbor was dredged and blasted to avoid having PT boats bottled up by enemy warships. Two PT-boat floating drydocks were assembled from pontoons; a 50-man camp was set up; and power and telephone systems to serve the island and harbor area were installed. The detachment also furnished a number of carpenter details to assist with the maintenance and repair of PT boats.

By August 1943, the facilities at the Sesapi base had been augmented to provide more shop facilities and storage areas, to permit major PT-boat overhaul. A repair and service unit was set up able to support 40 PT boats in combat operations. The Seabees also built three small wharves for PT boats. Much of this later work was done by the 27th Battalion.

In addition, PT-boat facilities were constructed on the island of Macambo, the base housing at Calvertville on Florida Island. An existing concrete wharf at Macambo, in need of repair but still serviceable, was used, but it was necessary to build torpedo overhaul and storage facilities.

In July 1943, PT Squadrons 1, 3, and 8 were using the Sesapi and Macambo bases. Two 1,000-barrel tanks for aviation gasoline were erected at Sesapi, and eight 1,000-barrel tanks at Macambo, with loading line to the dock.




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Nathaniel Smith

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This is the quote Charlie referenced. I have seen it before but defer to those that have been there.

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/Building_Bases/bases-25.html
'In addition, PT-boat facilities were constructed on the island of Macambo, the base housing at Calvertville on Florida Island. An existing concrete wharf at Macambo, in need of repair but still serviceable, was used, but it was necessary to build torpedo overhaul and storage facilities. In July 1943, PT Squadrons 1, 3, and 8 were using the Sesapi and Macambo bases. Two 1,000-barrel tanks for aviation gasoline were erected at Sesapi, and eight 1,000-barrel tanks at Macambo, with loading line to the dock.'

This site has the following sentence.
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4442/is_200802/ai_n21278676/pg_2
'Within a few days of arriving at Calvertville on Florida Island (PT Base), Kennedy was assigned to take over the 109.'

In addition ....
This site has the following sentence.
http://books.google.com/books?id=ChyilRml0hcC&pg=PA117
&lpg=PA117&dq=calvertville+%22florida+island%22&source=web
&ots=bJiaBXsz2k&sig=UndgSIRcNyjzdJovbRKZMn_hsyM&hl=en
&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=2&ct=result
'Base facilities were built at Calvertville across Tulagi Harbour on Florida Island. Havavo Seaplane Base (CLOVER) was constructed at the base of the Halavo ...'

This is what drives us researchers crazy ... or this is what makes researching fun.


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EARL RICHMOND

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hey guys very confusing,i admit.it seems that tulagi was part of the florida island group and sesapi and calverttville were part of tulagi.don,t know if this makes sense or not.
all i can remember is that as we went up the channel to the left of the island to the end,and at the right side before you made the turn there was a sign on the right that said"calvertville".THEN you made the right turn and proceeded further down to the base on the left.i also seem to remember there was something referring to a submqarine base there just before you made ther turn.the buckley sign was either at the point or just before the base on the left.i think that you could also go seaward,ftom the base,thru a channel to the left of the piers and base??there was also the sign as you disembarked from the boat at the water end of the pier. maybe i am getting a little goofy by now so i hope i am right. if not, please correct me. earl
THIS IS STARTING TO GET INTERESTING

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