Sutsuki – Patrol Boat No. 34

IJN Sutsuk, later Patrol Boat N0. 34 was a Momi Class destroyer built for the Imperial Japanese Navy in the early 1920’s. Originally one of the fastest ships of their period, they were top heavy at high speed, and could only be used as second class destroyers or torpedo boats. Although nearly obsolete at the…

A6M Zero Fighter

Zero was the Allied code name for the Mitsubishi A6M fighter. The Zero aircraft was designed in 1937 by Jiro Horikoshi for the Imperial Japanese Navy. The plane saw action throughout the war and was unmatched in speed and maneuverability until 1942 when modern Allied fighters began to appear. Later the aircraft was found to…

Emily Flying Boat

Emily Flying Boat was an Allied code name for the Kawanishi H8K1 Flying Boat. Emily Flying Boat came into view about mid-term of WW 2, and immediately proved a capable and deadly war tool for the Imperial Japanese Navy. It’s featured long range, greater than even a US B-29 Superfortress was impressive along with its…

Unkai Maru

Unkai Maru

The Unkai Maru was built in 1905 by the W. Grey Shipyard of England as the freighter S/S Venus. The ship was sold in 1911 to the Japanese Nakamura Kisen Line and later requisitioned for use by the Japanese Navy as a general cargo transport. Unkai  Maru survived several of the “Hailstone” raids before being…

Yamagiri Maru

Yamagiri Maru

The Yamagiri Maru was built in 1938 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a passenger/cargo carrier for the Yamashita Kisen Line. Requisitioned by the Japanese Navy in September 1941 she was  converted to a military transport for moving special cargoes. The ship saw service transporting war material between Solomons and the Caroline Islands until she was…

USS Sgt Major Wm J Pugh

The Pugh is a former USN YFR, a type of vessel designed and built to supply the anchored fleet at large congested naval stations/bases. Three types of vessels were in her class … one being a YO for Yard Oiler carrying special lubes to large ships, another was a YF for supplying dry stores, and…

Seiko Maru

  Seiko Maru 74 years ago today on the 17th July 1940 the Seiko Maru officially entered service  for the Japanese Dairen Steamship Company. After being requisitioned by the Japanese Navy they made use of her heavy cargo handling facilities to move goods from the Empire throughout the Pacific. On one of these journeys the Seiko was…

British Attack On Truk

One of the less publicised attacks on Truk was a raid carried out by a British led task group on the 14th – 15th June 1945. By this time Truk had been neutralised as a major threat to operations in the Pacific and ‘Operation Inmate’ as the attack was called wasn’t much more than a…

SS Thorfinn Engine Room

Boiler Re-tubing

We have just successfully completed sea trials on our starboard boiler which over the past few weeks has been getting re-tubed by a specialist team from the Philippines. Because we have two Foster Wheeler type D boilers it meant we could carry on diving operations as normal during this period. We continue to invest in our vessel, Truk Lagoon’s…

Aircraft on the deck of HMS Implacable R86

April Raid On Truk

On April 29th the American Task Force 58 launched their second major attack on Truk Lagoon. Although there had been a number of land based B-24 bombing runs on Truk from Rabaul the Japanese had managed to bring in a number of reinforcements. The Americans believed that taking the Lagoon would be too difficult by…