Lat 4° 8'3.69"S Lat 152° 9'58.48"E Tavui Point is located at the northern tip of the Gazelle Peninsula. Three villages are located at the point: Tavui No. 1, Tavui No. 2 and Tavui No. 3. Prewar, during the German administration known as "Cape Stephens". Postwar, nicknamed "Submarine Base".
Located Tavui Point is a vertical reef wall that drops over 75 meters underwater.
Postwar, local lore claimed the Japanese used this location to provision submarines, as the deep water allowed them to submerge quickly if there was an air raid. A jetty connected to tunnels were dug into the wall, opening into a large cavern with access from the top of the cliff, protecting any provisions waiting to be loaded or unloaded. Today, only the pylons of the jetty remain.
Fritz Herscheid writes in The Last New Guinea Salvage Pirate page 8:
"I saw for the first time the outline of the Japanese torpedo loading crane which I guessed must have been at around 340' mark. On reaching the 310' mark the outline of the crane was clearly visible."
25mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Type 96 (1936) Twin Mount
Emplaced at Tavui
Japanese shipwreck named after diver who initially discovered
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August 25, 2018