USAT Mauna Loa

Northern Territory

West Conob was a cargo steamer built by Los Angeles Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, and was launched in 1919 for US Shipping Board. She was sold in 1928 and renamed Golden Eagle, and six years later she was sold again to Matson Navigation Company and named Mauna Loa. She was requisitioned by US Army as a military transport in 1941, and was bombed by Japanese airplanes in Darwin harbor loaded with military vehicles and ammunition 19. February 1942. She was hit by several bombs and sank with her superstructure visible above the surface. The superstructure and engines was salvaged by a Japanese salvage firm in the 1960's, and the battered hull rest today on her keel on a depth of 18 meter southwest of Darwin harbor.

Former names:
USAT Mauna Loa
West Conob, Golden Eagle
129,0 x 18,5 x 9,3 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
5436 grt
Los Angeles ( US ) 1919
San Fransisco ( US )

12°29'51.6"S 130°49'09.6"E

Picture: USAT Mauna Loa in Darwin harbor in 1942
Courtesy of
Australian Armed Forces, Public domain

Last updated: September 2020