Mauna Loa USAT

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Title

Mauna Loa USAT

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Unit History

Mauna Loa was chartered by the United States Department of War to carry supplies to the Philippines. The ship was part of an aborted attempt to reinforce allied forces under attack by the Japanese on Timor in mid-February 1942, in convoy with Meigs, Portmar and Tugai and escorted by Houseton, Warrego, Swan and Peary. She was sunk on 19 February 1942. Military trucks, bren gun carriers, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and many rounds of .303 and .50 caliber ammunition are among the pieces of Mauna Loa's cargo that still lie strewn about the wreck. She had made 2 trips to Darwin.

Parent Unit

Matson Navigation Co.

Locations

Darwin Harbour

Dates

19 January 1942 to 19 February 1942

Nation

United States of America

Service

Merchant Navy

Branch

Cargo
Troopship

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Collection

Citation

“Mauna Loa USAT,” Northern Territory Library, accessed October 20, 2020, http://www.ntlexhibit.nt.gov.au/items/show/1682.

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