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Diving at ship wreck Hakkai Maru
|Name Dive Site:||Rabaul Harbour, Hakkai Maru|
|Depth: ||20-40m (65-131ft)|
|Visibility: ||5-15m (16-49ft)|
|Inserted/Added by: ||lars, © Author: Lars Hemel|
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The Hakkai Maru was a Japanese navy WWII factory vessel. In 1944 she was trying to repair a cruiser when allied planes brought the cruiser down. It returned to Rabaul the same day and was brought down by allied planes just before it got dark. It was a beautiful ship to dive at, but unfortunately this dive site is no more. Volcanic eruptions in 1994 buried the Hakkai Maru.
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I'm from Rabaul and now residing in Kalgoorlie,WA Having heard a lot of stories about Simpson harbour as a stretagic naval base for the Japanese during WW II I wonder how many Japanese naval & military personnel parished during the Alied campagne in Rabaul?
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