John F. Hoile's engineering workshop in the Japanese ship 'Myoko Maru,' near Lae, New Guinea, 1951

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Where: Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea

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When: 01 January 1951

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John F. Hoile with telephones in his engineering workshop in the shell of the Japanese ship 'Myoko Maru,' near Lae, New Guinea, People Magazine, February 1951, from film negative, ON 388/Box 068/Item 054 collection.sl.nsw.gov.au/record/94RXmVw1/w65Nk0v4MDxGx

The 'Myoko Maru' was beached on the Lae side of Malahang after Allied forces bombed her during the Salamaua-Buna attacks during World War Two. The boat provided accommodation for thousands of American and Australian troops, moving north. At first, only her nose touched the shore; but as the years passed, the sea receded, leaving the ship entirely beached. Hoile and his brother turned it into a engineering workshop for surrounding plantations and mines.
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