During the Pacific War, this prewar passenger cargo ship was used as a cargo ship by the Japanese Navy with a crew of 48.
On February 17, 1944 during "Operation Hailstorm" Amagisan Maru was anchored at Truk Lagoon, Attacked by nine carrier aircraft from
USS Bunker Hill. The vessel was hit by a 1,000 lb. bomb and an aerial torpedo that caused the ship to burn and quickly sink.
Oil and aviation fuel still leak from
the wreck lying at a
45 degree list to the port side. The No.1 hold contains only a few crushed 55 gallon
drums and there is a large car too. There is a 10 foot long aileron
(paravane) used for mine sweeping hanging off the port side. There is
a large hole from the torpedo hit on the starboard side of the hold.
At the stern is the intact deck gun and burned planking.
The ship's safe was salvaged in recent time, but its contents were not
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February 4, 2018