Madang Harbor borders Madang and is created by many smaller offshore islands and reefs that form a natural harbor.
World War I
On September 24, 1914, the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) arrived at Madang Harbor and occupied Madang without any opposition. SMS Cormoran escaped undetected. The SS Matunga was the first commercial vessel to arrive at Madang docked at Madang wharf during October 1914.
World War II
On January 1, 1943 the
Japanese Army occupied Madang and the surrounding area. Madang Harbor was used by the Japanese during January 1943 until April 1944. Several Japanese transports and ships were sunk into the harbor.
Allied missions against Madang Harbor
December 13, 1942 - April 26, 1944
On April 24, 1944 the Australian Army occupied the area. Afterwards, Madang Harbor was used by Allied ships and as an flying boat base for the remainder of the war.
Madang Seaplane Base (Madang Anchorage)
Area of Madang Harbor used for seaplane operations by RAAF after liberation
The Last New Guinea Salvage Pirate by Fritz Herscheid, page 107:
"I negotiated the purchase of several wrecks from W. R. Carpenters (TPNG) Limited. They originally purchased the wrecks from the Administration in August 1946. The Administration records showed there were some fifteen smaller wrecks scattered in and around Madang, mostly LCM, luggers but also Japanese freighters."
in Madang Harbor directly north of Madang Airport.
Small harbor located near Madang Harbor.
HMAS Terka (TR)
Sunk March 26, 1945
Island off Madang and Madang Harbor.
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January 11, 2018