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  Asakaze Maru
IJN
Passenger & Cargo

6,517 Tons
424' / 57' / 27'
Bow Gun
Machine Gun

Sinking History
On December 3, 1943 attacked by U. S. Navy aircraft in Kwajalein Atoll in the Southern Atoll. Hit with three 1,000 lb. bombs and five hours sunk.

Shipwreck
This shipwreck was first discovered in 1965. Locally nicknamed "K-5" or "K-5 Upright". This vessel is sunk upright near the channel buoy.

The bow has an deck gun in the horizontal position. Around the boat deck are several empty gun mounts. A large machine gun is located on starboard side of the wheelhouse. The smokestack is leaning over the starboard side blow over by an explosion. A bomb traveled through the engine room skylight and mangled the area.

The No. 1 hold has bags of cement or rice.

The No. 2 is empty except for a paravane used for clearing mines. The

The No. 3 hold has rice bowls, beer bottles and Saki bottles and contains layers of muck and debris. To the aft is a small car and pluming supplies.

The No 4 and No. 5 holds are empty.

The stern is heavily damaged by a another bomb blast.

References
Dave.SixMeters - Asakaze Maru

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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