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Kasi Maru
Career (Japan)
Name: Kasi 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) 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]


  1. Maynard, Peter (1986). "Kashi Maru". 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". 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 / 8.1°S 157.333°E / -8.1; 157.333

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