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  Amagisan Maru

7,620 Tons
454' / 60' / 27'

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Ship History
Prewar passenger cargo ship.

Wartime History

During the Pacific War, commandeered by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a cargo vessel with a crew of 48.

Sinking History
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 publicized.

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Last Updated
January 8, 2022


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