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 guide and he took us into the engine room and then let us get on with it.

With just 2 pairs of divers in a 3 storey engine room, there was plenty of room. We explored all 3 levels, looking at gauges, flow meters, and all sorts of knobs, switches and dials. There was a set of tools on the wall, a wooden stool, a carpenter’s workbench with a vice attached to it. I’ve dived this a number of times over the years, and there is always so much to see.

Finally we headed up and past the galley. We took a look at the steering gear before heading out of the wreck through the bomb damage in the stern and along to the superstructure for a lengthy deco stop.

Kansho Maru

  • Displacement: 4,861tons
  • Length: 380 feet
  • Beam: 52.5 feet
  • Engine: 1 diesel engine
  • Depth: 8 – 40 m.

Our Dive

  • Depth: 35.4 m.
  • Time: 56 minutes
  • Gas: Nitrox 30

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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