Nippo Maru


Ningpo was built in Gothenbug in Sweden, and was launched in 1937 for the company Svenska Ostasiatiska kompaniet AB and put in service in the sugar transport between USA and Asia . She was scuttled in Hong Kong 11.December 1941 to prevent her from falling into enemy hand, but was raised by the Japanese in 1942 and put in service for the military and renamed Nippo Maru. 29.June 1944 she was torpedoed by the American submarine USS Flasher. Some historical sources say she was bombed and sunk under Operation Hailstone in 1944. No matter the reason, the wreck was discovered and filmed by Jaques Cousteau's expedition in 1969. The wreck rest today on a depth of 24 to 45 meter in Chuuk Lagoon.

Former names:
Nippo Maru
140,8 x 18,9 x 8,3 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6089 grt
Göteborg ( S ) 1937 ( JP )

Picture: Ningpo
Courtesy of Sekstanten