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    Purvis Bay (Tokio Bay) Central Province Solomon Islands
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USN c1944

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John Innes 2002
Location
Purvis Bay is located on the southern central coast of Florida Island (Nggela Sule). To the west is Tulagi Island. During the American occupation also known as "Port Purvis" or "Tokio Bay" [sic American incorrect spelling of "Tokyo"] for the Japanese destroyer shipwreck.

Wartime History
During May 1942 Purvis Bay was used by the Japanese Navy as a anchorage area until the the U. S. landings in the vicinity in the morning of August 7, 1942.

After securing the Tulagi Harbor area, Purvis Bay was used by the U. S. Navy (USN) and used as an anchorage area. Americans referred to Purvis Bay as "Tokio Bay" [sic], possibly due to the presence of the shipwreck of Kikuzuki (Kikuzuki No. 23) moved to this location in 1943 and abandoned. During July 1943, the bow section of LST 343 was also abandoned in the vicinity.

Kikuzuki (Kikuzuki No. 23)
Sunk May 4, 1942. Salvaged by USN and towed to this location in middle 1943.

USS LST-342
Damaged July 18, 1943 the bow section was towed to this location afterwards.

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October 23, 2019

 

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