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  Unidentified Japanese shipwreck off Shell Island (Phantom Maru)
IJN
Picket Boat
or Sub Chaser

? Tons
75-100'
2 x machine guns

Wartime History
Sunk off Shell Island (Ebwaj). Likely a picket bout or sub chaser sunk between January 29 to February 1, 1944 by U. S. Navy (USN) aircraft from Task Force 58 (TF-58) and surface ship gunfire fire.

Shipwreck
The 75 - 100' wreck is upright in 150' sandy bottom. Nicknamed "Phantom Maru" because of many unsuccessful attempts to located the vessel. The superstructure is in good shape. The bow has been bashed in and flattened. A machine gun is on the bow. The ship has a forwarded amidships hold, and an aft engine configuration. The wheelhouse and crew's quarters are located near the stern with a second machine gun. It has been stripped of many brass artifacts and china.

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

SCUBA
75-100'
150' bottom
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