Biak, Ocean Swimming 1
"Some of the best ocean swimming in the S. Pacific was off a barge at the edge of a coral shelf at Biak. Thigh deep out to the barge - 20' deep on other" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Swim Time. Before showers were set up, soldiers first bathed in fresh water trickling into coral tidal pools. To cool off, keep clean, and avoid the scrub typhus plague, nearly every evening they put on their shoes, then waded out to an abandoned fuel barge sunk at the edge of the coral shelf. From the barge, they dove into clear 85 degree water twenty feet deep, and on the bottom, they saw the coral gardens." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Biak, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill