Banshu Maru No 52

Banshu Maru No 52
Banshu Maru No 52

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
Launched: 05/11/1921
Completed (234 grt): 28/11/1921
Requisitioned: 01/12/1941
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