BOAT "TANGALOOMA" SHOT AT
BY TROOPS AT FORT ROUS, MORETON ISLAND
All Shipping entering Moreton Bay through the South Passage at the southern end of Moreton Island during WWII was required to give a coded response to a challenge from Rous Battery. One day, the ship "Tangalooma" continued through the passage despite all calls to hove to and identify itself. "Tangalooma" had passed within 200 metres of the beach where the Fort's infantry unit had assembled with rifles cocked. With no identifying message coming from the "mystery" ship, the order was given to open fire. The crew on the deck of "Tangalooma" ducked for cover as bullets whistled across the ships bow, and thudded into its wooden structure.
"Tangalooma" had been requisitioned from Fred Eager by the Australian Army Water Transport group during WWII. Doctor Noel Ure recognised the boat and yelled out to the troops to stop firing. He had visions of having treating numerous casualties. Fortunately, the soldiers stopped firing before any casualties resulted.
Seaward Defences for Moreton Bay
RAN4 - The
Bribie Island Indicator Loop Hut
Part of the Royal Navy's anti-submarine harbour defence for "Fortress Brisbane"
"Moreton Bay History" CD-Rom
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