Banshu Maru No 52
Depth: 56 m / 180 ft
Diver Level: Technical Divers
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
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