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 the Aikoku and Hokoku Maru, and was subsequently renamed the Hoki Maru.

She was used as a special transport, and when she was sunk she was carrying a cargo of construction equipment. The front of the ship has been very heavily damaged and she lies upright in 45 metres.

As we dropped down, we saw a graceful eagle ray next to the ship. After that auspicious start, we dropped into the rear hold to see a wide variety of trucks and bulldozers. These are what make this wreck special. Interestingly there are also quite a lot of large spherical glass bottles that may have been used to store chemicals.

Hoki Maru

  • Displacement: 7,112 tons
  • Length: 450 feet
  • Beam: 58 feet
  • Engine: 2 diesel engines
  • Depth: 11-46  m.

Our Dive

  • Depth: 43.5 m.
  • Time: 51 minutes
  • Gas:  Air

Graphic courtesy of Captain Lance Higgs of S.S. Thorfinn.

About Neil Hambleton

I am a British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver and an Open Water Instructor. I have been diving since 1992, after joining South China Diving Club (SCDC), which is a Hong Kong-based branch of the BSAC. Having moved to New Zealand, I am now a member of BSAC New Zealand.
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2 Responses to Truk. Dive 12 – Hoki Maru

  1. dear Neil,
    I have read your artacail and I seem to remeber this old romur about the ship,
    can you conferm?
    I herd that if one is in the ships main cargo hold #5 , that its said to be huanted.
    I.E.: one can hear what is said to sound like
    Engeines from the trucks, turning over and running
    can you conferm????
    you local savgel man,
    Capitoin H.N.Deckmen
    may france and ireland have good relasion together.!

  2. neil says:

    I did find a couple of websites that mentioned the ship being haunted, but I can’t say that I noticed any unusual sounds while I was diving it.

    Perhaps another explanation for the rumours could be narcosis?

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