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  Shinkoku Maru
IJN
Tanker

10,020 Tons
500' / 65' / 29'

Ship

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Peter Ording 2000

Wartime History
The Japanese oil tanker Shinkoku was possibly hit by a torpedo fired by USS Peto SS 265. Shinkoku Maru made it to Singapore for repairs.

Sinking History
Afterwards, ordered to Truk where she took another torpedo hit to the engine room which sank her in Truk Lagoon.

Shipwreck
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.

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

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

SCUBA
30 - 125'
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