Hanakawa Maru


Hanakawa Maru was a standard B cargo steamer built by Kawasaki Kisen K.K and was launched in August 1943. She was in December that same year requisitioned by the Imperial Japanese Navy as a military transport. While she laid at anchor at Tol Island in Truk lagoon, she was spotted and attacked by American Avenger torpedo bombers from the aircraft carriers USS Bunker Hill and USS Monterey 18. February 1944. She was hit by several torpedoes and was lit up in a hail of fire before she exploded and sank. It is believed she was loaded with aviation fuel, and she sank within four minutes. The wreck rest today standing on her keel on a depth of 15 to 33 meter southeast of Tol Island.

Former names:
Hanukawa Maru

368,0 x 52,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
4793 grt
Kobe ( JP ) 1943
( JP )

7°20'04.1"N 151°38'38.2"E

Last updated: March 2021