Just off Grande Island, another Japanese wreck was found and identified as the Japanese IJN Auxiliary Minesweeper Banshu Maru No 52, a converted Japanese whaling or fishing vessel. After divers have found beer bottles on the wreck she was also given the Nickname “Sakura Maru”.
The Banshu Maru No 52, struck a mine and sank in Subic Bay on January 20, 1942 not long after the Bay was abandoned by the Allied forces.
Details of the Banshu Maru No 52
Builder: Mitsubishi Zosen Kobe Zosensho
Owner: Hayashikane Shoten
Call Sign: JDKA
Official No: 28262
Laid Down: 04/09/1921
Completed (234 grt): 28/11/1921
Aux. Minesweeper Division 46, Bako Guard District.
Fate: Sunk by mine in Subic Bay, Luzon. 20/01/1942
Removed From Navy List: 05/02/1942