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Truk. Dive 17 – Kansho Maru

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Kansho is one of my favourite dives, but on our previous dive, we didn’t have enough time to explore the cavernous engine room properly. So we had a word with the dive … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 16 – Nippo Maru

This is a wreck I’ve been looking forward to diving for many years. It’s one that up until now, I had always missed out on. Today that changed. The Nippo Maru was built in 1936 as a passenger and cargo … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 15 – Fujikawa Maru

Well it wasn’t long before we were back at the Fujikawa Maru. About 2 hours actually, this time for a night dive. This time we started at the stern gun, before heading into the steerage compartment.  Holds #5 and #6 … Continue reading

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Truk. Dive 14 – Fujikawa Maru

This was our first dive this trip on the Fujikawa Maru, many people’s favourite wreck, and it’s certainly one of my favourites. She was built in 1938 as a passenger / cargo carrier, and was originally used to carry raw … Continue reading

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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 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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