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Posted by: Peter Mösli ()
Date: October 04, 2009 09:49PM

Mal was ganz anderes !

Fast nicht zum Glaugen ! Oder ?

The ship was hit by torpedo from American submarine USS Pargo SS-264 at 04deg 54min north, 114deg 07min east, approximately 35 kilometres NNE of Cape Baram, north west offshore Borneo, at 16:11Hrs on 26th November 1944. She was towed to Miri port and arrived there, but sank at 04:00 on 2nd December 1944. All the 26 personnel on board were killed by the torpedo hit.
Owner: Iino Kaiun KK, Tokyo
Built in 1943 by Mitsubishi, Nagasaki, Japan
Yard No: 919
Date of completion: 10/11/1943
Gross Tons: 5227
Length: 121.2m
Beam: 16.3m
Type: 1TM Wartime Standard Tanker, Steam turbine.
Speed: 11 Knots
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk by USS Pargo SS-264 on 26th November 1944 at N 04º-54', E 114º-07'

“The location is definitely that of the wreck, however, only the stern (aft of the stern mast on the picture) lies there. The ship must have broken in two as did her sister ship, the 'Nichinan Maru No.2' that was torpedoed north of the Spratleys 18 days earlier. The remainder of the ship may have been towed to Miri, however, the tanker's draft of seven metres or so would not allow it within three km of the beach. I suspect the wreck was grounded whilst the Japanese decided its fate. On 28th November, the American air force bombed the Miri Roads (offshore anchorage) and sank the Atago Maru. Perhaps realising that the bows contained precious fuel, the Japanese decided to tow it out of harm's way to Singapore. Along the way, the bows sank, for today they lie nearly 200 km east of Singapore. Amazingly, the two parts of the wreck lie just over 1,000 km apart!”
As written by John Elder of Panaga Divers Brunei circa 2004

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