On June 27, 1943 depats Rabaul as part of a convoy along with Kisaragi Maru, Kiri Maru and Nissen Maru No. 3 escorted by CH-12.
On July 2, 1943 the Kashi Maru was unloading fuel and vehicles at Bauroko
Harbor at Bauroko on New
Georgia. Attacked by B-25 Mitchells that bombed and strafed the vessel from low altitude while escorted U. S. Navy F4U Corsais provided escort. Kashi Maru was hit by a 500 pound bomb that caused it to sink in shallow water near shore.
The kingpost and crane are visible above water. The ship must
have partially unloaded its cargo before being sunk. On board are fuel
drums and a vehicle. Another car is still loaded on the crane, off
the starbord side of the wreck, facing the shore.
Peter Maynard adds:
"The scars of war are clearly visible on this relic. If you think
this is impressive, you should see below water where the real damage
is to be found in the from of a hole caused by a direct bomb hit
which blew out the side of the ship. Diving in Bairoko Harbour. The
murky waters of Bairoko Harbour made for interesting diving
conditions. Most wreck dives in the Solomons resulted in finds of weapons
and ordinance. Nearby far more impressive ordinance in the form of
a large unexploded bomb lay on the harbour floor. The plentiful unexploded
ordinance makes for interesting, if slightly dangerous, exploration
of the surrounding rainforest."
War Wrecks of the Coral Sea documentary includes underwater footage of this shipwreck.
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November 16, 2018