Momokawa Maru 

IJN Sutzuki Patrol Boat

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The Momokawa Maru was built in 1940, as a timber transport. Her peacetime service consisted of carrying lumber from Siberia to Japan. The Japanese Navy took control of her in late 1943 and utilized her as a bulk cargo carrier.  During the "Hailstone" attack, Momokawa Maru was bombed by aircraft from the carrier Bunker Hill.  The Momokawa Maru was found by Klaus Lindemann in 1982. She now rests at a maximum depth of 120 fsw.

            

IJN Sutzuki Patrol Boat

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The Sutsuki was a Momi Class destroyer built for the Imperial Japanese Navy in the early 1920's. Originally one of the fastest ships of their period, they were nearly obsolete at the start of the war.  However, the Imperial Japanese Navy decided their speed would be useful in reinforcing their forces at Guadalcanal and participated as part of the famed "Tokyo Express" to relieve Japanese forces engaged in the battle.

Although records are scarce, Sutsuki appears to have escaped any damage during the "Hailstone" attack. However, she was destroyed by a fire the following July and now lies in 40 fsw.

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