Yamagiri Maru


Yamagiri Maru was a passenger and cargo ship laid down by Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K in Yokohama in December 1937. She was launched in May 1938 for Yamashita Kisen K.K, and in September 1941 she was requisitioned by the Imperial Japanese Navy as an auxiliary military transport. Under a journey to Palau in August 1943 she was spotted by the American submarine USS Drum and torpedoed. Heavily damaged she limped into Rabaul repairs, but since the harbor there was under daily attack by US bombers, she sailed to Truk for repairs. Under Operation Hailstone 17 and 18. February 1944 she was hit several times by dive bombers from USS Yorktown and USS Bunker Hill. Twelve men of her crew lost their lives in the sinking. The wreck rest today on her port side north of Fefen on a depth of 14 to 33 meter.

Former names:
Yamagiri Maru

133,8 x 17,8 x 9,8 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6438 grt
Yokohama ( JP ) 1939
Kobe ( JP )
07o 23´00“N, 151o 49´12“E

Picture: Yamagiri Maru
Courtesy of Combined Fleet

Last updated: February 2021