Bow gun from the San Francisco Maru. (Credits: Brandi Mueller)

San Francisco Maru Wreck in Truk Lagoon

San Francisco Maru Wreck

One of the deeper wrecks in the lagoon is the San Francisco Maru Wreck sitting upright from 45 to 63m (145-205ft), it is unique as there is not much growth due to its depth.

It is also a very interesting wreck because it has three intact Japanese Type-95 light tanks that were crewed by three people these tanks go up to 30mph and had ½ inch armor. The San Francisco Maru was built in 1919 as a freighter she became a cargo ship in WWII.

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Known as the million dollar wreck because of her estimated worth of cargo, divers find many very interesting war artifacts on this ship. Hold #1 contains sea mines and detonators, hold #2 has several trucks, fuel and aerial bombs and torpedoes and depth charges are found in the aft holds.

She was sunk on the 18th of February, 1944 taking 5 crewmen with her.

Photographs of the San Francisco Maru Wreck:

Bow gun from the San Francisco Maru. (Credits: Brandi Mueller)
Bow gun from the San Francisco Maru. (Credits: Argunners)
Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go Light Tanks on the San Francisco Maru wreck. (Credits: Brandi Mueller)
Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go Light Tanks on the San Francisco Maru wreck. (Credits: Argunners)
Truck Wreck on the San Francisco Maru. (Credits: Brandi Mueller)
Truck Wreck on the San Francisco Maru. (Credits: Argunners)
Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go Light Tanks on the San Francisco Maru wreck. (Credits: Brandi Mueller)
Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go Light Tanks on the San Francisco Maru wreck. (Credits: Argunners)
Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go Light Tanks on the San Francisco Maru wreck. (Credits: Brandi Mueller)
Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go Light Tanks on the San Francisco Maru wreck. (Credits: Argunners)

Read also:

  • Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon, list with all known shipwrecks in Chuuk.
  • Ship graveyard in Truk Lagoon, stunning pictures and informative article on the Ghost Fleet of Chuuk.
  • Airplane wrecks in Truk Lagoon, next to dozens of Japanese vessels also Japanese airplane wrecks can be found in Chuuk Lagoon.
  • Nippo Maru, (aka Nichiho Maru) was torpedoed and sunk in the Balabac Strait west of the Palawan Passage.
  • Rio de Janeiro Maru, bombed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean east of Umon Island, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. She sank the next day.
  • Heian Maru, ocean liner converted into a submarine tender, sunk in February 1944.
  • Kiyosumi Maru, auxiliary cruiser which was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Fefan Island, Truk by United States Navy aircraft.
  • Yamagiri Maru, sank by dive bombers from the Yorktown and Bunker Hill.
  • Fujikawa Maru, she was sunk on February 18, 1944 by diver bombers.
  • Fumitsuki Destroyer, one of only two made-for-war ships sunk in Chuuk.
  • Shinkoku Maru, naval tanker that was sunk in February, 1944.
  • Hoki Maru, a British/New Zealand cargo and passenger ship launched in 1921 and seized by the Japanese in 1942. Sunk.

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