Built by Maizuru Kaigun Kosho in Maizuru during 1940 as a Tategami Class Salvage Tug named Ojima. Equipped with a 5 ton derrick and a 10 ton derrick, salvage pumps, compressor and workshops.
Went to the aid of Kikuawa Maru and sunk in the explosion that rocked the crippled ship. Ojima was blown in
two pieces and sank in Truk Lagoon. Many lives were lost in this tragedy. Two Daihatsu landing craft were sunk by the same blast.
On October 7, 1943
summoned to the Eten Anchorage (Truk Harbor) to aid Kikukawa Maru that had a fire aboard. While the fire was attempting to be extinguished, the ship exploded also sinking Ojima and at least two Daihatsu Landing Craft.
Ojima was blown in
two pieces and rests on its starboard side in 120' in Truk Lagoon. The bow section includes the foreship and has a Daihatsu Landing Craft nearby. The stern section has a hatch with anchors and cables and another Daihatsu landing craft. No. 2 cargo hold and a mast are the rest is totally destroyed. This shipwreck is rarely dived due to the depth.
WWII Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon pages 269, 375, 408, 409 (photos), 410 (profile), 411 (map wreck site), 511 (index)
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October 23, 2019