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Shirley Cook 1974

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Sunk at Kekere. The local name for the place is Chivaroi (Orawere Bay) near Kieta.

Shirley Cook adds:
"In 1974 Nigel, Morobe Bob, David Pennefather, Vicky and Piet Ellnor and I dived on a Japanese barge just offshore from Kekere Plantation. The barge was quite wide, deep and long. A grown man could stand up and rest his arms on the outside, with just his head and shoulders above the side. The barge was in good condition and full of boxes of ammunition. The boys were using an air vacuum to pump the mud/sand out of the wreck, and when they uncovered the ammo, it was all round and gold looking and they thought they had really struck something. There was a very large gun on a tower construction at the back of the barge."

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November 16, 2018



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