Between January 17-19, 1944 at Yokosuka one of three Type 95 Ha Go light tanks loaded aboard the San Francisco Maru and stowed on the deck as cargo. This tank was secured on the port side forward of the bridge.
On February 18, 1944 when the San Francisco Maru sank, this tank also went down with the ship.
This tank remains secured on the starboard side of the deck of the San Francisco Maru at a depth of approximately 165'. This tank is often photographed by SCUBA divers exploring the shipwreck. This tank is located on the port side of the bridge at an angle. On the opposite side of the bridge is Type 95 Ha Go Tank (No. 2) and Type 95 Ha Go Tank (No. 3).
National Geographic Vol. 149, No. 5 "Truk Lagoon: A Sunken Japanese Fleet Becomes A Scientific Laboratory" (May 1976) by Silvia A. Earle photos by Al Giddings cover photo
WWII Wrecks of Truk Lagoon (2001) by Dan Bailey cover photo, 427 (tank description), 429 (side view and topside view), 432 (lower photo)
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May 24, 2019