Da Na Hino Maru 

Nagano Maru

Shotan Maru

 

 

  Da Na Hino Maru 

             Truk Lagoon, FSM           

   

 

The Da Na Hino Maru was built in 1935 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for Nihon Shokuen.  During the war she used as an island transport for the Japanese Imperial Navy. The freighter was sunk during a second set of aircraft carrier raids on the Japanese base at Truk.  This raid was on of many that continued after Operation Hailstorm until the end of the war.

The Da Na Hino Maru  was attacked by aircraft which bombed, rocketed and strafed her.  The force of the explosions has left her totally destroyed from the inside out. Resting on a sloping bottom, the picturesque symbol of Truk Lagoon, now lies on her keel in 30 fsw off Uman Island.

         

Nagano Maru 

             Truk Lagoon, FSM           

   

  

The Nagano Maru was built in 1917 for the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line as a freighter.  She was drafted by both the Imperial Japanese Army to carry troops to China for the war in Manchuria and as a freighter  by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

During the days leading up to the "Hailstone" attack, Nagano Maru was sent south to Morotok (Mortlocks) to supply the airfield there.  She returned to Truk just in time for the "Hailstone" fighter sweep and was observed firing on attacking aircraft.  This resulted in her being strafed on the first raid and bombed on the second attack.  Several near misses severely damaged the vessel and fragments from one bomb killed her Captain.  The sinking vessels was finally abandoned and sank on the first day of the operation.  Nagano Maru now rests upright at a maximum depth of 220 fsw.

      

Shotan Maru 

             Truk Lagoon, FSM           

   

  

The Shotan Maru was built during the war for the Matsuoka Kisen Line as a medium freighter. Very little is known about the ship other than that she was of War Standard 1-D design.

Shotan Maru is one of the few ships that was not sunk at anchor during the "Hailstone" attack. Her position in the lagoon and orientation suggest that the crew was trying to beach her when she sank. However Navy "Helldiver" aircraft were successful in getting a direct hit in the aft hold.  The Shotan Maru was found by Klaus Lindemann in 1980 and  now rests along the side of an underwater mountain rests at a maximum depth of 150 fsw.

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Da Na Hino Maru 

Nagano Maru

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