|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
Finschhafen was surveyed in 1884 by the German scientist and explorer, Otto Finsch who gave his name to the town. A town was built in 1885 as part of the colony of German New Guinea and was named after the discoverer (-hafen = -harbor). In 1886, Johann Flierl and two other Lutheran missionaries settled in the area, creating a Mission station at Simbang. A malaria epidemic in 1891 caused the town to be abandoned by the German plantation owners and government officials. It was resettled afterward and was claimed by the Germans in 1894. It was finally abandoned in 1901.
On 2 February 2012, the passenger boat MV Rabaul Queen, which had 350 or more passengers on board, sank nine miles away from the town, killing six people, injuring seven, and leaving over 300 missing.
- "Finschhafen". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
- Updated at 10:23 pm on 5 February 2012 (5 February 2012). "Radio New Zealand : News : World : Official death toll in PNG ferry sinking climbs to 6". Radionz.co.nz. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- Vancouver Sun 3 February 2012 (3 February 2012). "100 feared dead as storm swamps ferry". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- Updated at 1:45 pm on 11 February 2012 (11 February 2012). "Radio New Zealand : News : World : 300 now feared dead in PNG ferry sinking". Radionz.co.nz. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
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