Horn Island

Horn Island makes life on TI palatable by blocking TI from the south easterly trade winds.  Horn Island is a lot larger  and supplies all TI's water.  It is one of the few places easily accessible from the mainland where you can see the hardships our soldiers and airmen underwent during World War 2. Although the wrecks of all sorts of aircraft litter the Cape, Horn Island is basically an overgrown air base.  The old runway has been done up and is the gateway to the Torres Strait.

Horn Island was the home of an air base from which Aussie flyers no doubt ably assisted by the US Air Force took on the Japanese Imperial Forces in New Guinea and the surrounding islands.  

Remarkably preserved the above is the landing gear of a P40 once flown by Wing Commander Lambert and I urge you to take the tour and Vanessa SEEKEE will explain how it all happened.  

The wreckage of all sorts of World War Two planes and emplacements litter Horn Island, above is the remains of a Hudson Bomber, and is a must if you're in the area.

The remains of the air strip and dispersal points are still visible and when you consider that the concrete used in the emplacements was made on the beach and wheel barrowed to the particular emplacement you get some idea of just how hard yakka it was and the amount of energy they must have expended.  

There are anti aircraft gun emplacements all over the Island which were used to defend the air strip.  The usual suspect seen here is a good six footer the concrete varies from 4 to 6 inches in thickness,  all wheeled up the hill in a barrow from the beach.  Most of the emplacements are a considerable distance inland and up a fair hill, better than fair, I wouldn't walk it in the heat. These blokes makes the Survivor Series redundant they were tough  strong and courageous and I for one thank them for their efforts.  When you consider the amount of effort the Japanese put into destroying the facilities at Horn Island and the compactness of everything, they appear to have been very poor shots.

The Gateway Resort is attached to the Torres Strait Heritage Museum and it is well worth a look, actually more than a look because it celebrates the rich and diverse history of the entire area.

On Horn Island we stayed at the Gateway Torres Strait Resort. Air conditioned rooms, pool, cold beer, great food and a fishing trip to the wharf after the tour and before dinner.

The author, really good at catching bait fish and threading hooks but desperately unlucky at catching edible fish when everyone else did. Contact Details: the Gateway Torres Strait Resort on Horn Island Tel: (07) 4069 2222 or email: gtsr@bigpond.com.


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