NIPPO MARU UNDERWATER IMAGES
The Nippo Maru was built in 1936 by the Kawasaki Dockyard as a passeger and cargo freighter for the Okazaki Kisen Line. Her peacetime duties consisted of carrying bananas from the Taiwan to Japan.
The Japanese Navy took control of her in late 1941 and utilized her as a water transport. As such she was stationed in Truk to carry water from Dublon Island to the out lying islands where fresh water was scarce. During the "Hailstone" attack, Nippo Maru was attacked by aircraft from the carrier USS Essex, who dropped a salvo of bombs around her.
The Nippo Maru is a very interesting wreck that highlights a Japanese light tank and artillery pieces on her deck. She was found by Klaus Lindemann in 1980 and lies in 140 fsw.
Nippo Maru: Displacement: 3,673 tons; Length: 352 feet; Beam: 50 feet; Engine: 1 coal / steam turbine; Max Speed: 16.3 kts. Launched: 16 NOV 1936.
Courtesy-Capt. Lance Higgs S.S. Thorfinn