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  Nippo Maru
Water Carrier & Cargo

3,764 Tons
353' / 50' / 23'
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Peter Ording 2000

Sinking History
Sunk in Truk Lagoon.

During 1969, discovered by Jacques Cousteau's 1969 expedition resting upright with a 25 degree port list. Later, identified as Nippo Maru.

Aboard is a tank, coastal defense guns, mines, munitions, and water tanks. At the bow is are ;large wenches and a gun platform. A spare anchor is against the forecastle. Inside the forecastle are many personal effects of the crew in the silt. The forward hold contains mines, detonators, artillery shells, large containers, gas masks, oil drums.

Some of these containers contain caustic substances. No. 1 and 2 holds contain large bronze range finders and a Type 97 Tank, minus the turret gun which was how they were sometimes transported. There is a large galley and crew quarters below the bridge. In the bridge are three strong boxes. No riches inside here, in the past when ever strong boxes were recovered and opened, they contained only ordinance and small arms. Three howitzers are on the deck near the No. 4 hold. In the No. 4 hold are hundreds of beer bottles, radio equipment and a variety of items. In the aft most hold are barrels for 5" guns. Two AA guns have fallen off the ship and are on the floor nearby.

Lagoon of Lost Ships includes dive footage of this wreck in 1969

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018




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