24th June 1944
this incident 74 Tasmanians lost their life
With the coastline of
The “Tamahoko Maru” which
was closest to the torpedoed vessel was almost blown apart and water poured in
through a hole in her side. There
were 80 men sleeping on top of the main hatch cover and not one of them
Hundreds of prisoners jumped
into the sea as the “Tamahoko Maru” started to sink.
Some were later picked up by a Japanese whale chaser.
The final count was that 560
POW’s had died. Of the 267
Australians on board only 72 survived. The
following day, 212 survivors were brought into the harbour at
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