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  SS Sibigo

325' 5" x 43' 8" x 25'
2,996 Tons
12 pounder gun stern
AA guns

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AWM c1943
Ship History
Built in 1926. Owned by Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij (KPM) for use in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) as a cargo vessel.

Wartime History
At the start of the Pacific War, one of twenty-one KPM ships that took refuge in Australia and were provided by the Dutch government to the Allied war effort. Armed with a 12 pounder deck gun at the stern and anti-aircraft guns.

Sinking History
On March 16, 1945 during a cyclone sunk off Port Douglas after departing Brisbane on a voyage bound for Finschhafen. During the sinking, seventy-two were lost.

Afterwards, only thirteen of the crew were rescued.

Note, some sources refer to the ship as simply "Sibigo"
Australia Emergency Management Knowledge Hub - Shipwreck Sibigo 1945 via Wayback Machine March 2, 2016

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Last Updated
March 16, 2020


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