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3" deck gun
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Peter Ording 2000

Ship History
Built in 1919, it served in prewar trade operations with Yamashita Kisen Gomei Kaisha until the start of the Pacific war

Wartime History
Served as a cargo ship transporting raw materials to Japan from Palau and Angaur, and then transport between Japan and the 'Inner South Seas'.

On May 4, 1943 suffered mino damage during an air raid off Wewak.

At Yokosuka from January 17-20, 1944 then departed for Truk Lagoon arriving on February 5, 1944 and remained at the 4th Fleet Anchorage south-east of Dublon, when the rest of her convoy left on February 12.

Sinking History
During "Operation Hailstone"n February 17, 1944 anchored at Eten anchorage and attacked but survived undamaged. On February 18, 1944 a TBF Avenger from USS Essex dropped a 500lbs bomb that hit midship. Leaving the ship was burning and sinking stern first and five crew died in the attack.

Shipwreck
Resting upright the shipwreck was initially discovered by Jaques Cousteau during 1969, the shipwreck was not dived. Located again during a 1973 fathometer survey. The ship's bell confirmed its identity. Since then, visited by SCUBA divers as one of the most spectacular shipwrecks and often called the "Million Dollar Wreck" by divers speculating at the worth of the military cargo aboard.

Bow
Coral and sponge encrusted 3 inch bow gun.

Hold No. 1
Contain spherical sea mines and their detonators and "horns" for detonation on contact in boxes nearby.

Hold No. 2
Carries several trucks, barrels of fuel and aerial bombs.

Bridge Area
The bridge area is intact, and the deck has winches. The crew quarters contain dishes, bottles and cups.

Deck
Forward of the bridge are three Type 95 Ha Go tanks: two starboard, and Type 95 Ha Go Tank on the port side. Also, a large truck, steam roller and another truck have rolled off the deck and are lying on the sea bed.

Aft Holds
The aft holds contain stacked torpedoes, some are out of place because there high pressure air tanks have since exploded. The rearmost hold is full of depth charges. Here the hull plates are split and ripped apart.

References
WWII Wrecks of Truk Lagoon page 426

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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