Kashi Maru

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History
Japan
Name: Kashi Maru
Builder: Osaka Iron Works, Sakurajima
Launched: 21 March 1940
Completed: 30 April 1940
Fate: Bombed and sunk, 2 July 1943
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship
Displacement: 1,365 long tons (1,387 t)
Length: 52.43 m (172 ft 0 in)
Beam: 8.6 m (28 ft 3 in)
Draught: 4.18 m (13 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: 1 × 6-cylinder 4-stroke 550 hp (410 kW) diesel engine
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Complement: 20

Kasi Maru or Kashi Maru (橿丸?, Kashi Maru, "live oak") was a Japanese auxiliary minelayer/merchant ship, sunk in Mbaeroko Bay, near Munda, during a World War II bombing raid on 2 July 1943.

Kashi Maru was built in 1940 at the Osaka Iron Works. The ship was unloading a cargo of fuel and vehicles[1] when she was attacked and sunk by USAAF B-25 bombers, escorted by USN F4U fighters.[2]

The site of the shipwreck is popular for divers,[3] and was featured in the Nature episode "War Wrecks of the Coral Seas".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maynard, Peter (1986). "Kashi Maru". pacificwrecks.com. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Cressman, Robert J. (1999). "Chapter V: 1943". The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Munda (Western Province) Dive Sites". welkamsolomons.com. 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "War Wrecks of the Coral Seas". PBS. 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 

Coordinates: 8°06′S 157°20′E / 8.100°S 157.333°E / -8.100; 157.333