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437' x 58' x 26'
Peter Ording 2000
Dan Carey, 2000
The Fujikawa Maru was used by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as an armed aircraft ferry vessel with a crew of 40 men.
On February 17, 1944 during "Operation Hailstorm" sunk by U.S. Navy carrier planes into Truk Lagoon.
Fire gutted the interior of the boat before it sank after being struck by several torpedoes midship. This is one of the most beautiful wrecks on the islands, and takes several dives to see everything. The tips of the ship's masts break the surface, but her deck is at 70' and keel at 130'. The ship was transporting fighter aircraft, fuel and munitions when in sunk.
A bow and stern mount defensive guns. The first hold contains the various types of machine gun ammunition, shells and weapons. The second hold contains the disassembled parts of several fighter aircraft. There are several A6M Zeros and an A5M4 Claude. Also, artillery shells, hundreds of 'Dai Nippon Beer' bottles, gas masks, and bombs. The third hold is empty. The last hold contains bottles.
In 1974 a Japanese delegation placed a small shrine on top of the bridge with smooth rocks with the Kanji characters on then and a glass case with the names of the crew members inside.
National Geographic "Truk Lagoon" Vol 149, No. 5 (May 1976)
Thanks to Curt Block for additional information
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