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by Neil Whiting
Robert & Brown Associates  1994
264 pages
photos, maps
ISBN: 1862730849
Cover Price: $40
Language: English

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Wrecks & Reefs
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

This book covers the numerous shipwrecks, aircraft wrecks and reefs surrounding Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The author, Neil Whiting began began diving in 1978 and moved to PNG in 1980 and became involved in the Port Moresby Sub-Aqua Club and exploring the underwater areas and a dive instructor in 1988.

Inside the book is a double page spread of the Port Moresby area showing Bootless Bay, Fairfax Harbor and, Walter Bay, Joyce Bay, Idlers Bay, Nateara Reef and other inshore bays and offshore reefs in the area. Each site in the book is assigned a corresponding number for quick reference in the book's chapters.

Famous shipwrecks include the SS Pruth that grounded in 1924 and became known as the "Moresby Wreck. The MV MacDhui was sunk by Japanese bombers on June 18, 1942. During World War II, many aircraft ditched or crashed into the sea in the Port Moresby vicinity.

The book includes a history of each site with charts, depths and details for planning a diving. Port Moresby is bordered by serveral harbors, bays and reefs the area is full of history and natural dive sites for SCUBA divers and historians to explore.
Review by Justin Taylan  

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November 30, 2020

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