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.
- Displacement: 7,112 tons
- Length: 450 feet
- Beam: 58 feet
- Engine: 2 diesel engines
- Depth: 11-46 m.
- Depth: 43.5 m.
- Time: 51 minutes
- Gas: Air
Graphic courtesy of Captain Lance Higgs of S.S. Thorfinn.