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    Ruaniu Guadalcanal Province Solomon Islands

Location
Ruaniu village is located near the mouth of Ruinin Creek on Bunani Point on the north coast of Guadalcanal bordering Iron Bottom Sound. To the southeast are Tassafaronga Point and Bonegi (Mbonege).

Prewar
Ruaniu Plantation was a copra plantation planted with coconut palms harvesting copra at Bunani Point.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese, it was the site of a resupply attempt on October 15, 1942 that resulted in the sinking of three transports, two of them at this location. Later, as American forces advanced against the Japanese in early 1943, the Japanese used 3" Anti-Aircraft at this location against the advancing US Army 147th Infantry Regiment.

Tom McLeod adds:
"There is a deep ravine near Ruaniu village. The was the Japs last MLR on the Canal. Lots of unexploded ordinance when I was last there."

Kyūsyū Maru (Ruinin Wreck)
Beached October 15-16, 1942. Bow protruded after sinking

Azumasan Maru (Deep Ruinin)
Damaged October 15, 1942 and sunk October 16, 1942 at a depth of 40-60m

Sasako Maru
Sunk October 15, 1942 the shipwreck is at a depth of 60m

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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