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  Kikukawa Maru
IJN
Passenger & Cargo

3,833 Tons
354' / 50' / 27'

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Wartime History
On September 21, 1943 convoy No. 3921 departs Tokyo Bay for Truk Lagoon including this ship also Hakkai Maru, Hiyoshi Maru, Mutsuyo Maru (Bokuyo), Haruna Maru, Kaiko Maru, Kaian Maru, Nanka Maru No. 2 and Mikage Maru No. 18, escorted by Oki and Fukue.

Damaged by bombs during October, Hakkai Maru attempted repairs.

Sinking History
On October 7, 1943 caught fire due to overloading. Hakkai Maru undertook salvage. When the fire reached her cargo of fuel, the ship exploded and was blown apart, sinking into Truk Lagoon. While trying to assist, Ojima was caught in the explosion and also sank.

Shipwreck
This wreck was discovered in 1976 during fathometer searchers. Rediscovered in June 1980, but rarely dived. The area forward of the bridge is resting on an underwater hill. There are oil drums, a compressor and other equipment in the forward hold. Aircraft parts including aircraft bodies, propellers, engines and wheels have spilled over onto the ocean floor. There is also a truck in the pile of debris.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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