The Bismarck Sea lies in the southwestern Pacific Ocean to the north of the island of Papua New Guinea and to the south of the Bismarck Archipelago and Admiralty Islands. Like the Bismarck archipelago, it is named in honour of the German chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The Bismarck archipelago extends round to the east and north of the sea, enclosing the Bismarck Sea and separating it from the Pacific Ocean. To the south it is linked to the Solomon Sea by the Vitiaz Strait.
It was the site of a major Japanese naval defeat in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea during World War II on 3 and 4 March 1943.
Ulawun Volcano and Lolobau Island
The International Hydrographic Organization defines the Bismarck Sea as "that area of the South Pacific Ocean off the Northeast coast of New Guinea", with the following limits:
On the North and East. By the Northern and Northeastern coasts of the islands of New Ireland, New Hanover, the Admiralty Islands, Hermit Island, and the Ninigo Group, through Manu and Aua Islands to Wuvulu Island and thence a line to Baudissin Point in New Guinea (142°02'E).
On the Southeast. A line from the Southern point of New Ireland along the parallel of 4°50' South to the coast of New Britain, along its Northern coast and thence a line from its Western extreme through the Northern point of Umboi Island to Teliata Point, New Guinea (5°55′S 147°24′E / 5.917°S 147.400°E).
On the Southwest. By the Northeast coast of New Guinea.
Recent explorations in the Bismarck Sea seabed have yielded discoveries of mineral-rich beds of sulfides, copper, zinc, silver and gold. These findings are especially important because they lie in shallow, calm waters. Papua New Guinea owns the mining rights to these minerals under international law.
Coordinates: 4°S 148°E / 4°S 148°E
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 15:03:45 -0800
The Government signed an agreement in March 2011 to exercise its option to take a 30% share-holding in the world's first sea bed mining project in the Bismarck Sea, off the north coast of Papua New Guinea. However, it failed to complete the purchase ...
The Daily Advertiser
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:10:03 -0800
Maples' father, Warren Hoffpauir, was on the escort carrier Lunga Point off Iowa Jima when a Japanese suicide plane hit sister carrier Bismarck Sea, setting off ordnance and nearly cutting the ship in half. The Bismarck Sea sank, putting more than 600 ...
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 23:30:00 -0800
In 1943, the Second World War's "Battle of the Bismarck Sea" began. Australian and American warplanes intercepted a Japanese convoy en route to New Guinea. Most of the 16-vessel convoy was destroyed and more than three-thousand Japanese troops ...
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:45:00 -0800
In 1945, during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, the escort carrier USS Bismarck Sea was sunk by kamikazes with the loss of 318 men. In 1947, Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white ...
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:33:34 -0800
1945: Second World War: Japanese Kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier USS Bismarck Sea and damage the USS Saratoga. 1965: Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam. 1995: Steve ...
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:03:26 -0800
Operation Cartwheel was the Allied reconquest of the islands along the Bismarck Sea. Though technically the main battle and landing was at Cape Gloucester (towards the southern part of the island of New Britain) there is not too much to see there ...
The Daily Advertiser
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:13:56 -0800
These four men, veterans of the battle for Iwo Jima during World War II, were recognized Wednesday at the Judice VFW Post. They are, from left: Allen Fontenot of Crowley and Horace Trahan, Harris Schexnider and Harry McCauley, all of Lafayette ...
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 07:11:15 -0800
18 at 10.00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Solwara, located in the minerals-rich Manus basin, in the Bismarck Sea, was originally slated to begin production by the end of 2013. If completed, it would become the first project commercial deep-sea mining in ...
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