Hirokawa Maru

The Hirokawa Maru was a cargo ship for the Kawasaki Line before she began her military career, cut short by a American raid on November 14th, 1942.  She was sunk off a white sand beach just north of Honiara where she lies today, semi exposed.  Despite the shallow waters in which she rest and numerous salvage raids, the wreck maintains an impressive structure, and supports a stunning forest of soft coral.

second world war left behind it a colossal array of shipwrecks in the Pacific islands.  These images were taken on brief visits to numerous obscure, locally recommended sites around the Pacific islands; there remain scores of wrecks still undiscovered in these waters.


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