The San Francisco Maru was a 117-meter long cargo-passenger ship that sank in 1944 in Truk Lagoon, also known as Chuuk Lagoon). During World War II, the territory belonged to Japan, and today it is a part of the Federated States of Micronesia.
The San Francisco Maru ship was built in 1919 for Japanese trade company Yamashita Kisen Kabushiki Kaisha, which specialised in the selling of mineral deposits. During the war, she was requisitioned to the Imperial Japanese Navy to transport military cargoes to island territories. The ship was sunken during the Operation Hailstone, the attack of the USA on a Japanese military base on Truk Island.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau found the ship in 1969. It lies at a depth of 64 m, and the keel with a top side is at a depth of 42 m. At the main deck, you will find a deck gun, three armoured light tanks, and a side truck. In one of the holds, there are two big trucks with ammunition; other holds are filled with aircraft engines, artillery shells, and other military artefacts. Here you can find mines, drop ammo, etc.
Visibility at the San Francisco Maru is excellent, and the temperature is always around +27-30 °С. However, diving is allowed only for divers of the 3rd level and technical divers.
|Diving Types||Wreck, Deep|
|Depth||46 m avg, 64 m max|
|Bottom Type||Artifical Reef / Wreck / Ruins|
|Visibility||30 m max|
|GPS location||7.3669, 151.9112|