Category Archives: Historic

Truk. Dive 13 – Hoyo Maru

We were anchored very close to the Hoyo Maru, and from the Thorfinn could see the shallow water that lies above her. She was a large tanker which was being repaired for torpedo damage, when she was sunk by bombs. … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 12 – Hoki Maru

The Hoki Maru is another of my favourite dives (yes, I know, I’ve got a lot of favourites). She was built in Scotland in 1921 and christened the British-New Zealand ship M/V Hauraki. She was captured in December 1941 by … Continue reading

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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 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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WW I passenger ship found off NZ

On 26 June 1918 the Wimmera, an Australian passenger ship, hit a German mine north of New Zealand. She sank with the loss of 26 lives out of 151 passengers and crew. Now Mike Hodson, an Auckland electronics expert, and … Continue reading

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The HMS Poseidon Story

Steven Schwankert is a diver and journalist based in Beijing. He has been along to SCDC’s Thursday night club night on a number of occasions, and gave a hugely entertaining talk on diving Lake Khovsgol in Mongolia. Around that time … Continue reading

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Remains Found on 18th Century Warship

HMS Victory was Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar, but it was the 6th ship of that name to serve with the Royal Navy. Its predecessor was also a 100 gun ship of the line and was  launched in 1737. However it … Continue reading

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