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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]

References[]

  1. Maynard, Peter (1986). "Kashi Maru". pacificwrecks.com. http://www.pacificwrecks.com/ships/maru/kashi.html. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  2. Cressman, Robert J. (1999). "Chapter V: 1943". The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II. http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/USN-Chron/USN-Chron-1943.html. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  3. "Munda (Western Province) Dive Sites". welkamsolomons.com. 2012. http://www.welkamsolomons.com/todo/diving/mundadive/main.html. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  4. "War Wrecks of the Coral Seas". PBS. 2012. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/war-wrecks-of-the-coral-seas/diving-war-wrecks/2762/. 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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