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    Apra Harbor Territory of Guam¬†United States of America (USA)

USN c1945
Location
Apra Harbor located off western coast of Guam Island in the Territory of Guam in the Mariana Island Group (Mariana Islands) in the United States of America (USA). The northern edge of Apra Harbor is formed by Cabras Island, a long finger like island and reef. At the eastern end of Apra Harbor is Sasa Bay.

Prewar
Apra Harbor is the largest anchorage on Guam. Used by the Spanish until 1898. After the Spanish-American War, the U. S. occupied Guam as part of the terms of the Treaty of Paris. On June 20, 1898 U. S. Navy (USN) USS Charleston (C-2) under the command of Captain Henry Glass arrived to take possession of the island. Guam was transfered to the U. S. Navy on December 23, 1898 by President William McKinley.

Between 1898 until 1941, Apra Harbor was an important American port vessels crossing the Pacific. During 1903 linked by telegraph cable telephone cable established by e Commercial Pacific Cable Company. In the 1930s, Pan American established Apra Harbor Seaplane Base to support Clipper flying boats on their trans-Pacific route from San Francisco-Manila-Hong Kong route.

Wartime History
On December 10, 1941 Japanese forces made an amphibious landing on Guam and occupied until 1944. During the Pacific War, used as an anchorage and seaplane operating area by the Japanese Navy between December 1941 until July 1944 when the Americans liberated the area.

Apra Harbor Seaplane Base
Located north of Sumay and Orote Airfield

SMS Cormoran
Scuttled April 7, 1917

Kitsugawa Maru
Sunk during the war

Tokai Maru
Sunk August 27, 1943

D3A Val
Sunk during the war

E13 Jake
Sunk during the war

USS Gamble (DD-123 / DM-15)
Towed outside Apra Harbor and scuttled July 16, 1945

Salvage Tug
USN Salvage tug 290' in length sunk into Apra Harbor. Shipwreck is upright with artifacts inside.

Tanker
USN tanker sunk into Apra Harbor

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August 25, 2018

 

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