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B Type Fairmile Motor Launch
August 17, 1945
September 10, 1945
Dive Gizo 1997
Later, ML 805 operated off the Wewak area. During July 1945, the Australian 6th Division believed that the Japanese in the area were ready surrender. Both ML 805 and ML 809 were outfitted with broadcasting equipment to play surrender messages.
On August 1, 1945 ML 805 and ML 809 approached Mushu Island broadcasting news to surrender, without result.
On August 17, 1945 (two days after Japan's surrender) two Japanese boats with white flags approached the boat and were taken aboard. A meeting was arranged and occurred on the beach of Muschu to arrange the surrender of Navy personal.
On September 10, 1945 Rear-Admiral Sato boarded ML 805 in the Kairuru Strait. He signed the terms of surrender and handed over his sword to Major-General Horace Robertson of the 6th Division, Australian Army.
Later, sold to private owners. Renamed MV Petaj and used as a dive boat in Queensland, and later returned to New Guinea.
Bob Hodgson adds:
In 1994, the vessel was in service with Indian Pacific Seafood Company as a cargo vessel operating in the Solomon Islands. In 1997, the ship was scheduled to be sunk off New Georgia.
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