German cruiser wreck at Rabaul?
Myself, a swede, joined a WWII pacific tour in march/april this year. During the approach to Rabaul somebody (of the guides) did mention, that a german cruiser wreck was the base for a wave breaker in that harbour. My question now is, if this is correct, what cruiser? Maybe a WWI cruiser?
sincerely, Hans Andersson, Malmo, Sweden
I am unaware of any German cruiser being sunk off Rabaul in either WW1 or WW2.
During WW1 thetwo Australian Submarines AE 1 and AE 2 both operated off Rabaul, AE 1 disappeared, never to be found to this day.
AE 2 went off to distinguish herself by penetrating the Dardenelles during the Gallipoli landings in 1915.
I am unable to throw any light on the suggestion that a sunken German cruiser forms a breakwater at Rabaul, and can only suggest this is a local myth.
I have visited Malmo, but it was many years ago now.
Nice to hear from you.
About Rabaul and a sunken cruiser this one may more close to the mark, a Japanese one rather than a German cruiser, of which I had no knowledge.
A report in the London Times:
I do not have a ship's name.
This came to me from a friend in Texas.
It seems a large number of wrecks are around Rabaul, as a result of WW2.
An excellent reference on this subject is:
"Rabaul's Forgotten Fleet"
A truly remarkable book, documenting in detail 15 large wrecks (from a total of 50) still resting in Rabaul waters, and an incredible variety of facts covering all aspects of both war and peace in this paradise that has known such extremes.
To quote some fascinating statistics from this book:
My father got one banana; he cut it in 5 pieces for me and my brothers and I spit it out (had not been eating that before). The nurse, Karin Lindvall, married the pilot; he later became general in AAF, stationed in Germany. See, this is one of a story never told....
Sincerly, Hans Andersson, Malmo, Sweden
(Ed Bears from History America)