Unidentified Japanese subchaser sunk near Kiska
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
recorded in the US Strategic Bombing Survey of 1946.
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January 10, 2018