AMAGISAN MARU UNDERWATER IMAGES
The Amagisan Maru was originally built as a cargo/passenger ship serving the Japan-New York Line. The Japanese Navy took her over in 1943 and she was used as a special transport.
In February 1942, she was torpedoed by the USS Swordfish near Davoa and sustained some damage. During the Truk attack she was sunk by an aerial torpedo while carrying aviation fuel and diesel oil drums in her holds. Some of this fuel still leaks to the surface from time to time.
The ship is one of the largest wrecks in the lagoon. Her most interesting features include a bow gun, torpedo holes and "staff cars" in hold No. 2 and a tank truck on the sea floor. The Amagisan Maru was discovered in 1973 and now rests at a maximum depth of 190 fsw at her stern.
Amagisan Maru: Displacement: 7,621 tons; Length: 450 feet; Beam: 69 feet; Engine: 1 diesel; Max Speed: 18.8 kts. Launched: 6 NOV 1933. Crew: 48.
Courtesy-Capt. Lance Higgs S.S. Thorfinn