Dive Diary: A journey through the wrecks of Truk Lagoon (Chuuk/Micronesia)

Today we dove the Hoki Maru: She was one of the earliest Union Steamship’s vessels to have diesel propulsion and was built in 1921 in Scottland. She was running under the name of M/V Hauraki for New Zealand. The Japanese merchant raider Aikoku and Hokoku Maru spotted her in 1941 on the way to Colombo…

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Sankisan Maru in Truk Lagoon

Sankisan Maru in Truk Lagoon

The Sankisan Maru in Truk Lagoon is one of  the finest coral and artifact sites. This small to medium sized freighter with brimming holds of ordinance and ammunition, was originally anchored close off Uman Island’s west shores, cowering close to other larger empty ships drawing the American’s main concentration of bombs and torpedos. Her Captain…

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Seiko Maru

  Seiko Maru The SS Seiko Maru was launched July 17, 1940 for original owners, Dairen Steamship Co. as a modern cargo vessel of a then unique design with engines aft rather than amidships. This design offered increased cargo hold space eliminating a space robbing propeller shaft tunnel and a need for extended shaft and…

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74 years ago… April Raid On Truk!

On April 29th 1944 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…

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Aircraft on the deck of HMS Implacable R86