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  MV Nusa (HMAS Nusa)

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AWM c1915

Ship History
A wooden vessel built in China during 1912, a sister ship to the MV Buka. Operated by the German Kriegsmarine and the German Administration in New Guinea. Named "Nusa" for Nusa Harbor / Nusa Island near Kavieng where it was based.

During late October 1941, this vessel was captured by the Australian Navy and pressed into service with fifteen soldiers aboard, including Private H. L. Henley and operated around New Ireland, New Britain and Rabaul.

On October 10, 1914 Commander J M Jackson captured KGS Komet at Talasea. During December 1914 used on a reconnaissance to Angoram (Angorum) and the Sepik River area.

Wartime History
During the inter-war years, used by Australian Administration in New Guinea. Used by the Australian administration during World War II.

On May 1, 1942, while anchored at Yule Island Nusa transported Lt. Bevlock pilot of P-39F 41-7186 to Port Moresby, arriving during the afternoon of May 2.

AWM Private H L Henley Bible REL39071
'pages kissed by the three German prisoners (captains of the vessels captured by the Nusa) when taking oath of neutrality 27[sic]/10/14'.

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Last Updated
November 16, 2018


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