The "Sankisan Maru" was built in 1942 as a transport ship. The Japanese navy took control of her in 1943 and converted her into a military transport ship for special cargo missions. She was sunk by U.S. dive bombers during 'Operation Hailstone' (17.2.1944 - 18.2.1944). The Japanese losses were extremely high during this military operation: a complete fleet was destroyed.
The "Sankisan Maru" today:
It lies currently at the bottom of the sea at a depth of 46.5 meters (155 fsw), within Truk Lagoon. It can be reached by diving with diving equipment.
The shipwrecks within Truk Lagoon are still considered to be the last resting place for hundreds of killed Japanese seamen and soldiers. While diving at these sites, please treat human remains and their personal belongings with respect.
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