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Compass Rose sailing from Honiara mid 2003
· Date: Tue, 15 May 07 · Views: 1,078
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Finnpartner_1966

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Registered: February 2007
Location: Piraeus, Greece
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Tue, 15 May 07 15:47

Where is this place?

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OY Wärtsilä AB, Helsinki #380 FINNPARTNER (1966)
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K urgess
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Tue, 15 May 07 15:48

Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
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John Baird
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Registered: January 2007
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Tue, 15 May 07 15:58

Hi Marconi . Are you sure General Mc Arthur,s not among that lot hanging out of her ?. Man that looks rough .
John
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Steve Woodward
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Tue, 15 May 07 16:03

Few more crew than old 'Nic' had - though they do not seem much good with a chipping hammer.
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Duncan112

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Tue, 15 May 07 16:06

I would be very reluctant to try to blow rust off that hull, let alone chip - still she always got back!!

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Thamesphil

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Tue, 15 May 07 16:09

Interesting photo, interesting ship. However, she's not on Equasis, but no surprises there.
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trevor page

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Tue, 15 May 07 16:35

I did my first trip on one like that as 2nd engineers slave.
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K urgess
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Tue, 15 May 07 17:06

Walk up the road between the stacks of barrels and turn left in front of the shops, carry on for a couple of miles and you come to the approach road to Henderson Field. In the hillside at the right of the road is the original Foxhole made by one Captain Fox during the Battle of Guadalcanal.
Not quite MacArthur who I don't think got this far.
Behind the cameraman is Iron Bottom sound. So called because of the number of ships on the bottom.
Turn right and you get to the yacht club. Or you did 35 years ago
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12-4
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Tue, 15 May 07 17:33

Very clear on Google Earth

Ref Henderson field. Could this be your fox hole.
http://www.guadalcanal.homestead.com..._HILL_66_2.JPG

more pics at

http://www.guadalcanal.homestead.com...canal2004.html
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K urgess
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Tue, 15 May 07 18:09

Great stuff 12-4. Thanks for the link.
It would appear that the original Foxhole has been lost. It was marked with a board telling the story and I'm sure that lot would've found it and photographed it if it was still there.
I used to collect all this stuff.
We drove up the coast from Honiara about as far as we could go in a Mini-Moke (remember them?) we got on the beach. Did a bit of archaeology. Found the remains of a US Marines halftrack buried in the sand. Made by the Chequer Cab Co of Chicago. Illinois (found the label), Carrying US Marines (found a button), aircraft style radio equipment (still got the label), mounted with a .5" calibre Browning (still got some of the ammo), that had been mortared and burnt (still got the bottom of an ammunition box that's solid lead with bullets sticking out).
Cheers
Kris
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kazza
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Cairns, Australia
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Tue, 15 May 07 23:36

gee whiz - I was on a cruise on the Fairstar to Honiara about 12 years ago - and the Compass Rose was in Honiara at the time - it looked like it was on its last legs then - amazing how they keep them going for year after year.

when I saw it leaving there were passengers everywhere, hanging over the rails etc etc.

i too thought of the NM story of Compass Rose

regards
kazza
cairns

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Duncan112

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Wed, 16 May 07 03:43

Yacht club still to the right, but the Solomon Defence Force have the right side of the quay so you have to go out of the gate and along the road. Hotel with a swimming pool a bit further along (Mendana?).

Happy days!!

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pete

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Registered: March 2005
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Wed, 16 May 07 05:46

Used to be the Mendana Hotel in the 60's and 70's and I think still is as they have a web site................pete

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