John F. Hoile's engineering workshop in the Japanese workship '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 & Papua New Guineans next to his engineering workshop in the shell of the Japanese ship 'Myoko Maru,' near Malahang beach, Lae, New Guinea, People Magazine, February 1951, from film negative, ON 388/Box 068/Item 054

Pacific islands monthly PIM.Vol. XVIII, No. 3 ( Oct. 17, 1947)
John F. Hoile's engineering Shop in shell of the Japanese ship Myoko Maru near Lae. The ship 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 have turnied it into a engineering workshop for surrounding plantations and mines.


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