IJN Sankisan Maru -  山鬼山丸


There are conflicting records of the identity of this vessel, but most historical sources state she was a passenger steamer laid down by Harima Shipbuilding & Engineering in Aioi, and was launched in 1942 for the company Kabura Kisen KK.  She was requisitioned and refitted as a military transport by the Inperial Japanese Navy in October 1943. She was spotted and attacked by American Helldiver airplanes from USS Bunker Hill17. February 1944 outside Uman Island loaded with ammunition and other military supplies. She was set on fire and a violent explosion devastated her stern section and sealed her fate. The stern section is today totally broken up, while her bow is mostly intact. The battered wreck rest outside the southwest side of the Island on a depth of 15 to 32 meter. Also see the adjacent wreck of Hino Maru #2.

Former names:
Sankisan Maru - 山鬼山丸
( Red Hook? )
113,0 x 15,8 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
4776 grt
Aioi ( JP ) 1942
Tokyo ( JP )

7°17'43.7"N 151°52'08.2"E

Last updated: March 2021