San Francisco Maru
Truk Lagoon, FSM
The San Francisco Maru was built in 1919 as a medium freighter for the Yamashista Kisen Line. Her design was the result of a need to rapidly replace ships sunk by German U-boats in World War I and was the predecessor to the famed "Liberty Ship." When the war began she was taken out of semi-retirement by the Japanese Navy and pressed into service carrying cargo. During the "Hailstone" attack, San Francisco Maru was damaged by dive bombers and photos show her stern ablaze before she finally sank.
San Francisco’s biggest attractions are the Japanese Type-95 "Ha-Go" light tanks on her deck and the ordnance in her forward holds. The San Francisco Maru was discovered in 1972 by Sam Redford and now rests at a maximum depth of 220 fsw at her stern.
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