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  Subchaser (Unidentified)

Ship History
Unidentified Japanese subchaser sunk near Kiska Harbor.

Wartime History
During late July 1942, USS Grunion SS-216 claimed two enemy patrol boats and damaged a third while in search for enemy shipping off Kiska.

The vessel was heavily damaged and machinery, including the forward-deck capstan, are outside the hull. Likely a subchaser or minelayer. Period subchasers had sharp bows, and this vessel fits the basic dimensions of a 167' length and 22' beam. Another possibility is a net layer or minesweeper; as both types were recorded as sunk in the area too. A mine field was recorded in the US Strategic Bombing Survey of 1946.

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Last Updated
November 16, 2018


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