500' / 65' / 29'
Peter Ording 2000
The Japanese oil tanker Shinkoku was possibly hit by
a torpedo fired by USS Peto SS 265. Shinkoku Maru made it to Singapore
Afterwards, ordered to Truk where she took another
torpedo hit to the engine room which sank her in Truk Lagoon.
The wreck features an operating room, bath and toilets
below bridge. Has a large deck guns aft and a smaller one forward.
Lots of personal effects on board. A sword and scabbard were discovered
once, and typewriters, telephones, records, bottles, and a chest
of hundreds (of worthless) aluminum Sen coins. She sits in 30-125' of water and was sunk by USS Bunker
Hill torpedo plane, after six shots initially missed the target. The
masts used to stick out of the water, but were removed to prevent ships
from snagging them. The wreck's location was then forgotten, and it
was rediscovered in 1971. Many types of fish live in this wreck and
has spacious storage area.
Lagoon of Lost Ships includes dive footage of this wreck in 1969
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February 4, 2018
30 - 125'