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USS Peary Memorial to Doctor’s Gully
USS Peary Memorial to Doctor’s Gully

USS Peary Memorial to Doctor’s Gully

No other relic from Darwin’s war period evokes quite the same reaction as the sunken wreck of the naval destroyer, the USS Peary. Bombed and sunk on February 19 1942, the Peary still lies on the floor of Darwin Harbour, and a memorial in Bicentennial Park stands in tribute to the 91 sailors who went down with her on that fateful day. Nearby is Doctor’s Gully, which was used as a flying boat base during the war. Wartime oil storage tanks can still be seen built into the cliffs along the Esplanade and in Doctor’s Gully.

Map Location

UBD Gregory's Street Directory - Darwin

Map 36, B12 to Map 35, J9

The Esplanade, Darwin, opposite the Darwin Entertainment Centre

The destroyer USS Peary sailing in the Timor Sea in February 1942
The destroyer USS Peary sailing in the Timor Sea in February 1942