450' / 58' / 31'
Peter Ording 2000
On February 16, 1944 during "Operation Hailstone" Hoki Maru was anchored in Truk Lagoon. Attacked by U. S. Navy (USN) carrier aircraft. On February 17, 1944 this vessel sank overnight into Truk Lagoon.
Discovered in 1973, the shipwreck was not immediatly identified. Locally known as "The Bulldozer Ship" because of the cargo of bulldozers aboard. There are bulldozers, machinery and
remains of trucks in the holds. The forecastle is the deepest part of
the wreck at 170'. Gasoline and other caustic substances still seeps
to the surface.
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February 4, 2018