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Water Carrier & Cargo
353' / 50' / 23'
Peter Ording 2000
Built by Kawasaki Zosensho K.K. at Kobe for for Okazaki Honten K.K. Launched September 16, 1936 and named Nippo Maru. Completed and registered in Kobe on November 10, 1936.
On December 24, 1936 chartered to Osaka Shosen K.K. (OSK) and departs Kobe bound for Kirun.
On February 17 , 1944 during "Operation Hailstone" anchored in the Natshushima Anchorage (east of Dublon Island) attacked by three TBF Avengers from USS Essex CV-9 and received a direct hit in the cargo hold and engine room. At 6:00pm ordered to return and at 11:00pm hit in the engine room.
Aboard is a tank, coastal defense guns, mines, munitions, and water tanks. At the bow are large wenches and a gun platform. A spare anchor is against the forecastle. Inside the forecastle are many personal effects of the crew in the silt. The forward hold contains mines, detonators, artillery shells, large containers, gas masks, oil drums.
Some of these containers contain caustic substances. No. 1 and 2 holds contain large bronze range finders and a Type 97 Tank, minus the turret gun which was how they were sometimes transported. There is a large galley and crew quarters below the bridge. In the bridge are three strong boxes. No riches inside here, in the past when ever strong boxes were recovered and opened, they contained only ordinance and small arms. Three howitzers are on the deck near the No. 4 hold. In the No. 4 hold are hundreds of beer bottles, radio equipment and a variety of items. In the aft most hold are barrels for 5" guns. Two AA guns have fallen off the ship and are on the floor nearby.
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