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  Montevideo Maru
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Wartime History
On June 22, 1942, the Montevideo Maru and departed Simpson Harbor near Rabaul. Loaded aboard were 1,053 Australians: inclduing 845 POWs and 208 civilians. No notation of the presence of POWs aboard the ship was painted the transport. Montevideo Maru departed unescorted for Hainan Island.

Sinking History
Detected by SS Sturgeon (SS-187) off the west coast of Luzon on June 30, 1942 traveling at 17 knots. The submarine was unable to fire until the ship slowed to 12 knots, in anticipation of rendezvousing with two destroyers.

Torpedoed before dawn on July 1, 1942 and sank. All aboard died, only one Japanese crew member, Yosiaki Yamaji survived the sinking. According to Yamaji, Australians in the water sang "Auld Lang Syne" to their trapped mates as the ship sank.

Memorial
There is a bronze memorial attached to a large rock at Rabaul, near the present day Rabaul Yacht Club. A memorial marker to Lark Force dedicated to members lost on the ship is located at Bitapaka War Cemetery.

One of the crew of MS Herstein was Australian Saloon Boy James Tynan who was transported aboard the Montevideo Maru and died in the sinking. Tynan is memorialized at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) on the commemorative roll.

References
MontevideoMaru.org
AWM - Commemorative Roll - James Tynan

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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