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Diving at ship wreck the Yokohama Maru

Name Dive Site:Yokohama Maru
Depth: 45-55m (147-180ft)
Visibility: 5-15m (16-49ft)
Accessibility: Boat
Inserted/Added by: lars, © Author: Lars Hemel

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The Yokohama Maru is an extremely deep dive, which should only be done by technical divers. It was built in 1912 as an armed passenger and cargo vessel for the Japanese and traveled mainly between Japan and Guam. During the war it was transformed in a troop transport vehicle. It was taken down near Salamaua in March 1942 by a USS Lexington carrier aircraft. The wreck will appear at about 40 meters of depth, in excellent visibility, while the top of the wreck, the bridge, is located at a depth of about 60 meter. Although she has little coral growth her attraction is her ghostly appearance and her immensity.

Rod Peace:"I started diving the Yokohoma Maru, in some 74 meters of water and was no easy dive, but I managed to do some 1,000 dives over a period of 33 odd years on this wreck. When I found this ship, I was at the ripe old age of 17 largely with no sense and a passion for diving like you would not believe. I helped salvage this vessel on my weekends and learned a lot about deep air diving, and in those days most of it was trial and error."

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