IJN Heian Maru - 平安丸


Heian Maru was laid down at Osaka Iron Works Ltd in Osaka in 1929, and was launched as a combined passenger and cargo freighter in April 1930. She entered service for the Japanese company Nippon Yussen and their route between Japan, Hong Kong and America. In October 1941 she was requisitioned by the Imperial navy, and was armed with several guns and refitted as an auxiliary submarine tender. While laying at anchor in Truk lagoon 17.February 1944, she was damaged by several bombs from planes from the American Task Force 58.  Some of the ammunition on board was off loaded, and early the next morning, she left the lagoon. At around 03:00 she again was attacked by American planes. Four bombs found their target and she was soon on fire. and two hours later orders were given to abandon ship. 09:00 in the morning more American planes arrived, and torpedoed the already damaged ship. A torpedo hit her mid ship, and she disappeared in the deep. The wreck rest today on a depth of 15 to 35 meter, resting on her port side.

Former names:
Heian Maru - 平安丸

535,9 x 65,1 x 41,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
11615 grt
Osaka ( JP ) 1930
( JP )

Last updated: January 2021