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living Pirate treasure

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I saw, lying discarded in some villages, the stone mortars and pestles of a long extinct grain-fed race, totally unknown to the present inhabitants. I saw the megaliths of the Trobriand Islands, incomprehensible to the current population there, and I even met the colonial character King Cameron of Kitava, the year before he died. I saw a rusty old cannons, and anchors from a bygone sailing era and I wondered if I would ever find Old Harry’s pirate treasure. Then one year, a cyclone struck the Solomon Sea. It devastated some

island communities, and there was widespread loss of life and shipping. After the cyclone had passed, I was ordered to lead a patrol by government trawler through the islands of the Milne Bay district to assess the damage and to arrange for whatever help the government might give. The patrol included medical and agricultural personnel for the purposes of supplying emergency, on-the-spot assistance. We passed from one small island to another, each looking somewhat the worse for wear as a result of the cyclone and, two weeks out of Samarai and many islands later, we anchored at the island Old Harry had

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Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...

Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...