Prewar passenger cargo ship.
During the Pacific War, commandeered by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a cargo vessel with a crew of 48.
On February 17, 1944 anchored in Truk Lagoon. During "Operation Hailstorm" Amagisan Maru was attacked by nine U. S. Navy (USN) carrier aircraft from
USS Bunker Hill. The vessel was hit by a 1,000 pound bomb and an aerial torpedo that caused the ship to burn and quickly sink.
Oil and aviation fuel still leak from
the wreck lying at a
45 degree list to the port side. The No.1 hold contains only a few crushed 55 gallon
drums and there is a large car too. There is a 10 foot long aileron
(paravane) used for mine sweeping hanging off the port side. There is
a large hole from the torpedo hit on the starboard side of the hold.
At the stern is the intact deck gun and burned planking.
The ship's safe was salvaged in recent time, but its contents were not
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October 23, 2019