Category Archives: Diving

Truk. Dive 11 – Kansho Maru

The Kansho is one of my favourite dives, primarily because of her engine room. She was built in 1938 as a passenger / cargo ferry, but was taken over by the Japanese navy and a 3 inch bow gun was … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 10 – Shinkoku Maru

The Shinkoku is a lovely dive with good coral growth and excellent fish life. She was built in 1939 as a tanker, and she originally carried oil from the US, before the oil embargo was imposed. She was then converted … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 9 – Kiyozumi Maru

The Kiyozumi Maru was built in 1934 as a freighter with passenger accommodation. In November 1941 the navy converted her into an armed raider by adding six inch guns, torpedo launchers and anti-aircraft guns. In 1943 the navy reversed course … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 8 – San Francisco Maru

I asked Rob for a good wreck for my 600th dive and he certainly delivered. The San Francisco Maru was built in 1919 as a medium freighter. She had been in semi-retirement when the war started, but was used by … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 7 – Futagami Fleet Tug

The Futagami was a large salvage tug, and was launched in 1939. She carried salvage derricks, as well as pumps and hoses. She was involved in the unsuccessful attempts to raise the I-169 submarine, which we had dived earlier in … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 6 – Kikukawa Maru

On my two previous visits I had not dived this wreck. Opinions on it seem to be polarised. Beforehand I was told that it was so badly damaged that it was practically empty and just a shell, which was largely … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 5 – Heian Maru

The Heian Maru is the largest wreck still in Truk Lagoon. She was built in 1930 as a passenger / cargo liner, but was converted in to a submarine tender. She was sunk on the 2nd day of Operation Hailstone … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 4 – The I-169 Submarine

Day 2 had a submarine theme, with a dive on the I-169 sub, followed by the Heian Maru Submarine tender and the Futagami tug that attempted to raise the I-169. The I-169 was built for the Japanese navy, and was … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 3 – Sutsuki Patrol Boat

The Sutsuki was originally a Momi Class destroyer and was built in the early 1920′s. They were fast, so despite their age, the Japanese decided that these destroyers would be useful for reinforcing Guadalcanal. At this time the Sutsuki was … Continue reading

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Chuuk 2010. The Thorfinn

On board Thorfinn we met Cindy, one half of the husband and wife team who organise the diving and everything else. She’s a Brit and her husband Rob is an American. They are both experienced divers, and while Cindy likes … Continue reading

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Truk Lagoon. Second dive – Betty Bomber

The Mitsubishi G4M Bomber, was codenamed “Betty” by the Americans. It was a land-based bomber built with speed and long-range in mind. Consequently weight was critical, and it was stripped of any equipment not deemed essential. One example was that … Continue reading

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Truk Lagoon – First dive – Yamagiri Maru

We were staying on the S.S. Thorfinn, and diving is done from tenders. They have two large 30ft RIBs with canopies that can take 8 divers comfortably and we had 11 on it for one dive later in the week. … Continue reading

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