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Rabaul and the Gazelle Peninsula

November 24, 2013

September 2013

Rabaul is the former capital city of the East New Britain province. In 1994 the city collapsed under the weight of  1m to 2m of Tarvurvur volcano ash load. Kopoko has since then become the main city. We spent 5 days in this fascinating part of Papua New Guinea which is at a two hour flight from Port Moresby.

Rabaul est l’ancienne capitale de la province du New East Britain. En 1994 la ville fut ensevelie sous une couche de 1 à 2 mètres de cendres suite à l’éruption du volcan Tarvurvur. Kopoko est depuis lors  devenue la ville principale de la région. Nous avons passé 5 jours dans cette partie fascinante de la Papouasie Nouvelle Guinée qui est à deux heures de vol de Port Moresby.

IMG00097-20130921-1046Kopoko – the beach, first impression / la plage, première impression

IMG_1122Kopoko, les volcans à l’horizon / the volcanos in the background

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IMG_1248Aux alentours de Rabaul

Boat tour towards the volcanos

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tour en bateau, en direction des volcans

IMG_1181Rabaul – the harbor / le port 

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IMG_1178Au loin, Tavurvur, volcan actif crachant un nuage de cendres

IMG_1174Tavurvur – active volcano, spitting a cloud of ashes

Under the volcano

IMG_1154au pied du volcan

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IMG_1170émission de fumée de cendres toutes les minutes , accompagnée parfois par une détonation 

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IMG_1225hot spring /source chaude

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From the top
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Tavurvur – Vue depuis le sommet de “la Mère”, volcan voisin non-actif. Altitude 720 mètres. Sacrée ascension débutée a 5 heures du matin (ouf)

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Tavurvur – View from the top of the Mother (inactive volcano) after a 2.5 hour climb

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IMG_1368noix de coco sur la descente, très désaltérant

IMG_1239Rabaul dans la fumée 

IMG_1229Old Rabaul , covered with ashes / le vieux Rabaul, couvert de cendres

Histoire / History

IMG_1231entrée du musée  de Rabaul/ entrance to Rabaul museum

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East New Britain was part of German New Guinea in the period 1871-1918

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La Nouvelle Guinée fut un temps une colonie allemande dans la période 1871-1918

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Haus mit = boucherie / butcher /slagerij

Reliques japonaises 

IMG_1235Bunker japonais. L’amiral Yamamoto y vécut caché un certain temps / Japanese bunker. Admiral Yamamoto was hiding there for a certain time during WW2.

La Nouvelle Guinée fut occupée par les japonais durant la deuxième guerre mondiale.

IMG_1234inscriptions japonaises dans le bunker / Japanese inscriptions in the bunker

IMG_1209with our guide on the road between Kopoko and Rabaul /avec notre guide sue la route reliant Kopoko à Rabaul

IMG_1216WWII japanese boat hidden in a tunnel

IMG_1214reste de bateau japonais caché dans un tunnel

IMG_1254relique d’avion japonais au musée de Kopoko

IMG_1253remains of a Japanese plane in the Kopoko museum

IMG_1256tank japonais

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Duke of York Island

It is a one hour boat trip form Kopoko to the incredibly friendly Duke of York Island. Plenty of young dolphins on the way. It seems we went through  a nursery.

L’île de Duke of York est à une heure de bateau de Kopoko. Tout plein  de jeunes dauphins en chemin. Il semble que nous traversions une zone de reproduction

IMG_1266dolphins 

IMG_1267les dauphins

IMG_1269plenty of young dolphins jumping all around / tout plein de jeunes dauphins sautant à la ronde

IMG_1286au loin les volcans / the volcanos on the horizon

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Duke of York Group, also called Duke of York Islands, formerly Neu Lauenburg,  coral formations of theBismarck Archipelago, eastern Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The Duke of York Group is situated in St. George’s Channel between the islands of New Ireland (east) and New Britain(southwest). The low, wooded islands, which include Duke of York (the largest, 5 miles [8 km] by 5 miles), Makada, Ulu, Kabakon, Kerawara, and Mioko, have a total land area of 23 square miles (60 square km). They were first sighted in 1767 by the British navigator Philip Carteret. In the 1870s a trading station was opened at Port Hunter (now Balanawang Harbour), and the area’s first Methodist mission was established in 1880. European settlement on the islands expanded and eventually spread to New Britain.

Situated above clashing tectonic plates, the islands of the Duke of York Group are prone to natural disturbances. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions are common, and in the late 1990s rising waters began to threaten the group, most notably Duke of York. Efforts were made to relocate the population beginning in 2000, with most of the residents settling in New Britain and New Ireland.

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IMG_1297l’école / the school yard

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IMG_1305very friendly hosts / des hôtes très amicaux

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IMG_1327the reef, surrounding part of the island / le récif encerclant l’île en par tie 

Warumwarum and family, Duke of York Island

Warumwarum and family, Duke of York Island, PNGWarumwarum, three wives and son, Duke of York island, East New Britain, PNG, 1876-1880. Warumwarum and his brothers were the local political leaders when Reverend George Brown began his mission work on Duke of York in 1876.  They helped him establish contacts with their trading partners in other villages and islands, and acted as interpreters and advisors. (Photographer: Reverend George Brown)
There seems to be a German influence in the name of this family / le nom de cette famille semble être d’influence germanique

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IMG_1203full moon / la pleine lune

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check-in counter /guichet d’enregistrement “avez-vous déclaré vos enfants?”