Toa Maru

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Toa Maru
Builder: Kawasaki Dockyard, Kobe
Launched: 1934
Fate: Sunk 25 November 1943
General characteristics
Type: Transport ship
Tonnage: 10,052 tons
Length: 502.3 ft (153.1 m)
Beam: 64.9 ft (19.8 m)
Draft: 37.1 ft (11.3 m)
Installed power: Kawasaki (MAN-type) diesel engine, 8,611 hp (6,421 kW)
Speed: 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph)
Capacity: 93,000 bbl (14,800 m3)
Armament: 1 × 4.7 in (120 mm) LA gun

Toa Maru No 2 is a World War II Japanese transport ship sunk by the American submarine USS Searaven (SS-196)[1] off Gizo, Solomon Islands on 25 November 1943.

Diving destination[edit]

The hull of the wreck is intact and lying on its starboard side. The ships masts are still attached to the hull; however, recently the superstructure has fallen into the sand. The deepest point of the wreck is by the stern, which rests in 130 feet (40 m) of water; however, the top of the wreck can be reached at a depth of 40 feet (12 m). The contents of the ship's six cargo holds include sake bottles, ammunition magazines, two Type 95 tanks, motor-cycle sidecar combinations, and a fuel tanker. However, since the sinking, the ship has been salvaged removing some of the cargo and the ship's propeller.[2]

In its 2010 travel guide, Diver magazine named the wreck as one of the top 20 wreck dives in the world.[3]

External links[edit]

  • "War Wrecks of the Coral Seas".


  1. ^ Hackett, Bob; Cundall, Peter (2013). "IJN Toa Maru". Combined Fleet.
  2. ^ "Toa Maru No 2". Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving Web Site.
  3. ^ "Top 20 wreck dives". Diver. 2010. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012.

Coordinates: 8°22′N 158°00′E / 8.367°N 158.000°E / 8.367; 158.000