USAT Liberty

USAT Liberty

The USAT Liberty Glo, an American steam-driven cargo ship of 125m length and 16.6m width, was built in 1918. During WW2, she was armed with 2 guns and sent to carry cargo between Australia and the Philippines.

On 11 January 1942, she was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-66 (which later became I-166) 15km southwest of Lombok while carrying a cargo of railway parts and rubber.

Miraculously nobody got hurt, but the damage turned the ship into a useless hull. US destroyer USS Paul Jones and Dutch destroyer HNLMS Van Ghent attempted to tow the ship to Singaraja harbor - the Dutch port and administrative centre for the Lesser Sunda Islands at the North coast of Bali, but failed as she was taking too much water. The ship was intentionally stranded on the rocky beach of Tulamben, where it was unloaded.

In 1963, the volcano Mount Agung erupted and the magma flow pressed the ship back into the sea, where it presently rests in a 90 degree angle with the deck facing the sea at a depth of 3 to 29 metres.

 

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