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  Bootless Bay Battery (Stokes Ridge / Maata Ridge, Pari Village)
Australian Army
"Letter Battery"
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Justin Taylan 2003

One of the Port Moresby Gun Batteries. This battery was initially set up on the shores of Kila Bay, than moved to higher ground of Stokes Ridge (Maata Ridge) near Pari, and finally, to a more permanent location at Drysdale Ridge.

Built by the Australian Army as one of Port Moresby "Letter" Gun Batteries to emplace a battery of 155mm M3 Carriage Guns.

Lower Structures
The lower portion of the hillside has a circular concrete mount, and an square concrete area, possibly for a support building or search light. According to locals, there is another platform on a further hill where there was a searchlight.

Hilltop Gun Pit
The top of the hill has a gun pit dug into the ground, and reinforced with metal sheets to hold back the earth and metal posts for camouflage over top.  Its a crude emplacement, as it was later abandoned. Some tent posts and encampment area are nearby.

The 'Letter' Batteries by Reg Kidd & Ray Neal details the history of this gun battery
The Coastal Gun Batteries of Port Moresby - Then & Now by John Douglas

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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