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Justin Taylan 2003
Ship History
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.

Sinking History
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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May 31, 2020


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Peter Maynard 1986
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