The Fujisan Maru was built in 1931 by the Harima Dockyard as an oil tanker for the Iino-Kaiun Line. Her peacetime duties consisted of carrying crude oil from the US to Japan.
The Japanese Navy took control of her in late 1941 and utilized her as a "Fleet Oiler." She participated in the Battle of Midway as part of the Aleutian diversionary task group and, due to her fast speed, was part of the "Tokyo Express." Fujisan carried a deck cargo of 1900 troops in a desperate attempt to reinforce New Guinea. A B-17 managed to hit her with a bomb in December 1943, but she was back in service by early 1944.
During the "Hailstone" attack, Fujisan Maru was one of the few vessels underway. She was attacked by aircraft from the carrier Enterprise and hit with 1000 lbs. delayed action armor piercing bombs. Her engine order telegraph is still calling for FULL AHEAD and machine guns with ammunition scattered about, testify to her futile attempts at defense.
The Fujisan Maru was found by two Continental Micronesia pilots, who noticed her oil slick, on a flight into Truk in 1976. She now lies in 200 fsw.
Fujisan Maru: Displacement: 9,524 tons; Length: 512 feet; Beam: 61 feet; Engine: 1 diesel; Max Speed: 18.79 kts. Launched: 31 MAY 1931. Crew: 48.