A week has come and gone already and we finally have the chance to look back on our time aboard Lance’s SS Thorfinn. Moored in beautiful Chuuk Lagoon, we were spoiled with fantastic views and great people from the very begining. It’s hard to believe that a battle as dramatic as operation Hailstone took place here as you’re at peace when you look into the horizon to palm tree islands and open ocean. It becomes obvious that this wasn’t always the case once you’ve geared up and decended into the unknown; the lagoon floor is where a fleet of imperial Japanese ships, planes and submarines lay to rest following the attack from the Allies in 1944. Diving into and around the wrecks was an experience of a lifetime which has given me a sense of what life aboard would have been more than 80 years ago. The wrecks are still in good condition considering there age and filled with WWII artifacts and marine life. Lance and his team made sure that we were comfortable, very well fed and educated on every wreck leading to the dives. His ship, the SS Thorfinn is an authentic whaler which has been repurposed as a liveaboard. Its construction and size made for a comfortable stay even in the worste of weather and it has interesting history of it’s own that the captain is glad to share with you. A week was only enough to draw a small picture of the event that took place many years ago. It would take a few more to explore every corner of the lagoon but unfortunately, my time here has ran out and it’s time for other divers to pick up where we’ve left off.