Also known as Sasago Maru.
On October 13, 1942 departed Shortland bound for Guadalcanal to deliver 2nd Division soldiers then return. The high speed convoy included Sado Maru, Azumasan Maru, Kyusyu Maru, Nankai Maru, Sakito Maru and Sasako Maru, escorted by destroyers Shigure and Akizuki. The convoy arrives off western Guadalcanal and begins unloading during the night on October 14, 1942.
On October 15, 1942 at dawn while unloading off Bunani Point attacked by SBD Dauntless from Henderson Field and hit by bombs and sunk. Also sunk nearby was Kyusyu Maru and Azumasan Maru.
The shipwreck is lying on its port side and is a dive for the very experienced diver as the wreck begins at a depth of 197' / 60m.
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November 16, 2018