USS Minneapolis

During The Battle of Tassafaronga (30 November 1942) the heavy Cruiser Minneapolis was struck by two torpedoes forward of the number one mounts. The Minneapolis was towed back to Tulagi Harbour where the damaged bow section was removed and a temporary bow constructed so that she could be sailed back to Pearl Harbour and the Naval Yards for a complete repair.

The bow section lies at the back-end of the bay in 14 to 24 metres of water. It was badly damaged by the explosions, but a very interesting dive with lots of junk to explore.

This was also the location the Seabeeā€™s shipyard, so the discards from many ships damaged during the Solomon campaign litter the harbour floor.

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