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 Author  Topic: ATTN Earl, Russ, C.J. Bob, QM Dd disper at Tulagi orSearlesvillei
  TED WALTHER

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Earl, Russ, C.J. Bob, QM;
Were the drydocks close together or seperated by some distance at Tulagi. How far? I have David Levy's photos of Tulagi, did they remain in the same place? Just NW of the pier or were they moved? What about Searlesville, Russel Is. I have aerial photos of Bau Island, Rendova that show the drydocks in the lagoon, all three together.
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I was only in New Guinea and New Britain. I didn't see any drydocks there, only cranes on the tenders.

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hi as to calvertville, tulagi i am not sure as i was on sesapi ,across from there,and i do not think we had a drydock there. at rendova i remember the drydocks being fairly close together.we used to dive off the top of one of them.i think they were fairlly close to the beach.as to the others i do not know.my memory of these is not very clear though.so i could be wrong. earl

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Ted: We spent a week at Tulagi, the first week of Jan. 1944 getting Mk 13 torpedos and new engines but we never went in dry dock there so I don't recall just where the docks were located and how many at that time. I never spent any time at the Russels - went in there once to deliver a message on the way to Rendova. We were in dry dock at both Rendova and Green. There were three docks tied together at those places. Sorry I can,t be more help.

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Ted: Just jumping in here, but I am curious to know about your aerial shot of Bau Island in Rendova Harbor...where did you get it, and are more available ?

I saw a BW photo that showed the dry docks in Rendoa Harbor, all three together with a PT Boat in one.

I returned from the Rendova/Munda area this October and also saw many concrete foundations fr Quonset (?) huts/workshops etc. on Bau.

I sent them to Frank, also there is a upside down higgins landing craft just in Rendova Harbor.

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and love to here more on/about the aerial shot

Shane


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  TED WALTHER

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Shane;
I will scan and try to post these tonight or tomorrow.
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TED


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Tulagi and Saidor New Guinea were the only bases I saw that even had more than one dry dock. They started out tied together in order to share tools and supplies but because of air raids, we received orders to separate them. We did that but I don't recall how they were dispersed.


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Thanks Ted I look forward to it so I can use it for reference for my next trip.

Another interesting bit of info. I came across apparently, Bau Island also had a very small landing strip on it ??? That was according to some locals.

I'd imagine it was built later in the post invasion era, and due to the size of the Island, probably could take something on the likes of piper cubs (?)

Catalinas did landd in the Harbor I was told by an old man, who was in that area during the war.

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  TED WALTHER

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Shane
the photos are posted in the photobucket account, take a look.
take care,
TED


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Thanks Ted !,

Is there a date on this picture ? I think it may be still early in base developement, as some foundations to buildings (not shown standing), are in that cleared area near the water front.

I will have to study the photo more, as it looks as if there is some elevation just inland of the boats, and there is none to really speak of today.

Where that road comes down, there was a dock shown on my WW-2 USN chart, I snorkeled over there and one can only see some metel bits for the foundation (?).

The big tree on Google Earth (current date), and the house right behind it are where the flag pole base is (sans pole), and several other quonset hut sized foundations.

Over where the dry docks are, there are some other concrete foundations ashore, if one were to look on the far side of the dry docks, there is now today a sunken US Barge ...I think one can see it with Google.

If you have any more by all means post them, as I can focus my search this year around those areas...

Regards,

Shane


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