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Iron Bottom Sound is the nickname for the body of water between Guadalcanal to the south and Florida Island Group to the north and Savo Island. The eastern end of Iron Bottom Sound is comprised of coral reefs that are divided between the Lengo Channel, nearest to Taivu Point on Guadalcanal, Sealark Channel in the center and Ngello Channel, nearest to Florida Island. Further to the east are the Indispensable Strait and Malaita Province.

Wartime History
During the Guadalcanal campaign, several Naval battles and actions happened in this body of water. Due to the number of American and Japanese warships lost, it was nicknamed "Iron Bottom Sound". Most of the shipwrecks are too deep for recreational divers.

USS George F. Elliott (AP-13)
Sunk August 8, 1942

USS Colhoun (APD-2)
Sunk August 30, 1942

USS Aaron Ward (DD-483)
Sunk April 7, 1943 off Tulagi

R4D-1 Dakota Bureau Number 01648
Crashed November 12 or 13, 1942

USS Seminole (AT-65)
Sunk October 25, 1942

Damaged by mine on February 1, 1942, scuttled roughly three miles south-southwest of Savo Island

Sunk December 1, 1942 during Battle of Tassafaronga

HMAS Canberra (D33)
Damaged during the night of August 9, 1942 during the Battle of Savo Island afterward scuttled

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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