Wrecks, Wrecks and more wrecks! There is so much History in Truk!

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Wrecks, Wrecks and more wrecks! There is so much History in Truk!

The Truk siren and her crew were ready to start a new adventure diving the different Truk’s wrecks! This time she welcomed on board 15 Americans join us for a fabulous week of rust and relaxation.
After a good night’s sleep, our guests hit the dive deck bright and early for our first day of diving. And with the Heian Maru and the Rio de Janeiro Maru on the itinerary, they could not have asked for a better introduction to Truk Lagoon. The Heian is Truk’s largest wreck, but it has much more to offer than mere size. The cargo of long lance torpedoes and submarine periscopes make the Heian a favorite among wreck divers of all levels. Our more advanced divers, meanwhile, relished the opportunity to test their skills by maneuvering through the wonderful engine room of the Rio de Janeiro.

TRUK 2009 UW - NIPPO MARU - 013Our second day of diving began with one of the legendary wrecks of Truk Lagoon, the Nippo Maru. The Nippo sits upright on the sea bed and often benefits from great visibility, both of which make orientation easy. But for our divers it was the Type 95 tank on the deck that made the Nippo special. For our third and fourth dives of the day, we moved the Truk Siren to the Sankisan Maru. The stern of the Sankisan was all but obliterated by the American attacks of Operation Hailstone but, with forward holds full of glass medicine bottles (similar to the one guitar legend Duane Allman used as a slide bar), trucks and airplane engines, the Sankisan still has plenty to offer.

Deep water often means clear water in Truk Lagoon, and that was certainly the case at the Amagisan Maru, our first dive of the next day. Resting in about 55 meters of water, the Amagisan is a magnificent sight, and the 35-40 meter visibility allowed our divers to get a sense of the scale of the wreck that isn’t possible in murkier water. We finished up the day at a wreck that many consider Truk Lagoon’s finest, the Fujikawa Maru. A few of our divers had experience with military aircraft, so they were in wreck diver paradise upon entering Fujikawa’s second hold, which contains a cargo of 4 Japanese “Zero” fighters. Other guests spent their bottom time in the Fujikawa’s machine shop, snapping photos of the curiously designed air compressor that divers have nicknamed R2-D2.

TRUK 2012 EMILY FLYING BOAT 075The remaining days of our cruise were full of highlights: three Type 95 tanks on the deck of the San Francisco Maru; dives upon a destroyer (the Fumizuki), a bomber (the Betty) and a submarine (the I-169); and three dives upon the Shinkoku Maru, a tanker with such lush soft coral coverage it may be my favorite wreck in Truk Lagoon, or anywhere else for that matter.

I’d like to give a big round of thanks to all of our guests for making this trip a great one. We can’t wait to see you again!

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