Storm which blew for weeks and which had lessened when the raider Komet commenced the bombardment.
The jetty was used in the days before the cantilever loading of phosphate rock. Small trolly trucks on rails dumped phosphate into large wicker baskets on sampans which were towed out to the ships anchored at the mooring buoys off the reef.
The ships lifted the baskets and poured the phosphate into the holds. It took about a week working 3 eight hour shifts per day to load a 6 to 8,000 ton ship.