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Awajisan Maru - 1st Japanese Ship to sink in WW2

Post Number:#1  Postby SeaDemon » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:26 pm

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The Awajisan Maru (shown above) was built in March 1938 for the Mitsui Lines Ltd in Kobe, launched 22 Dec 1938, and commissioned on 15th July 1939. She weighed 9794 GT and had a top speed of 19.9 knots and had a length of 145.14 meters.

She was acquired by the Imperial Japanese Navy to become a troopship and carried 5,200 soldiers for the landing at Kota Bharu. Although people point towards Pearl Harbor as the place where the Pacific war of WW2 took place, the first shots of the Pacific war was fired in Kota Bharu, at Padang Pak Amat, 12km from Kota Bharu at 12.25am, 8th December 1941.  Only 90 minutes later did the attack on Pearl Harbor commenced. She was also the headquarters ship for Maj Gen Takumi Hiroshi's 5th Division.

The Awajisan Maru was damaged and set ablaze by RAF Hudson bombers. She burnt the whole day, then torpedoed by the Dutch submarine K-12 after attempts to tow her to safety by Japanese destroyers failed.

She now rests in 20 meters of water some 3km off Kuala Pak Amat (06 08'N and 102 16'E) near Sabak, and is a favourite fishing ground.

Viz could be bad..but maybe it's worth to dive this huge wreck that is part of the Malaysian history.
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Post Number:#2  Postby deepblu » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:31 pm

just say when, bro


heheh.. macam company bapak punye, going on leave sesuka hati ;D ;D ;D
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Post Number:#3  Postby SeaDemon » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:41 pm

Hehehe.I got two tanks..we take 4 days...drive to Sabak, rent a boat, dive the wreck, then we drive to Kuala Besut and spend a few days in Perhentian.

Otherwise, we can do this like one day after Secret Island, so I can recharge my tanks for free, then we drive to Sabak, and dive this wreck. How?

Spazm is gonna be so happy he doesn't have a tank. ;D
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Post Number:#4  Postby deepblu » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:48 pm

Hehehe.I got two tanks..we take 4 days...drive to Sabak, rent a boat, dive the wreck, then we drive to Kuala Besut and spend a few days in Perhentian.

Otherwise, we can do this like one day after Secret Island, so I can recharge my tanks for free, then we drive to Sabak, and dive this wreck. How?

Spazm is gonna be so happy he doesn't have a tank. ;D


Doin it after secret island? Sounds like a plan

Perhentian doesnt sound too bad either - but better not let spazm hear about this.. he may make a u-turn and head back to perhentian as i write this... ;D ;D ;D
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Post Number:#5  Postby anas » Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:35 pm

Hehehe.I got two tanks..we take 4 days...drive to Sabak, rent a boat, dive the wreck, then we drive to Kuala Besut and spend a few days in Perhentian.

Otherwise, we can do this like one day after Secret Island, so I can recharge my tanks for free, then we drive to Sabak, and dive this wreck. How?

Spazm is gonna be so happy he doesn't have a tank. ;D


Doin it after secret island? Sounds like a plan

Perhentian doesnt sound too bad either - but better not let spazm hear about this.. he may make a u-turn and head back to perhentian as i write this... ;D ;D ;D


Deepblu, where's the perhentian report, liao?
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Post Number:#6  Postby deepblu » Tue Feb 27, 2007 1:28 am


Deepblu, where's the perhentian report, liao?



erm.. my cat erased my report, cikgu


;D ;D ;D
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Post Number:#7  Postby SeaDemon » Tue Feb 27, 2007 1:56 am


Deepblu, where's the perhentian report, liao?



erm.. my cat erased my report, cikgu


;D ;D ;D


That must be one naughty pussy ::)
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Post Number:#8  Postby SeaDemon » Tue Feb 27, 2007 2:56 am

Hehehe.I got two tanks..we take 4 days...drive to Sabak, rent a boat, dive the wreck, then we drive to Kuala Besut and spend a few days in Perhentian.

Otherwise, we can do this like one day after Secret Island, so I can recharge my tanks for free, then we drive to Sabak, and dive this wreck. How?

Spazm is gonna be so happy he doesn't have a tank. ;D


Doin it after secret island? Sounds like a plan

Perhentian doesnt sound too bad either - but better not let spazm hear about this.. he may make a u-turn and head back to perhentian as i write this... ;D ;D ;D


I think after Secret Island would be better la...minimal damage to pocket. Can use resources for boat at the wreck.
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Post Number:#9  Postby spazm » Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:03 pm

Wah..come back only see so many activities had been going on over the weekend..:P

Count me in on this ...heh heh..after secret island..if I am not on the way to Sipadan...:)
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Post Number:#10  Postby SeaDemon » Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:52 pm

Wah..come back only see so many activities had been going on over the weekend..:P

Count me in on this ...heh heh..after secret island..if I am not on the way to Sipadan...:)


U go Sipadan la...let me and Deepblu do this wreck :P
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Post Number:#11  Postby spazm » Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:59 pm

Wah..come back only see so many activities had been going on over the weekend..:P

Count me in on this ...heh heh..after secret island..if I am not on the way to Sipadan...:)


U go Sipadan la...let me and Deepblu do this wreck :P



Roger that..:P
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Post Number:#12  Postby bobo » Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:19 pm

Wah..come back only see so many activities had been going on over the weekend..:P

Count me in on this ...heh heh..after secret island..if I am not on the way to Sipadan...:)


U go Sipadan la...let me and Deepblu do this wreck :P


hehehe manyak langsi la dis person, we c la, deepblu wan to follow or not hehehehe
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Post Number:#13  Postby deepblu » Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:47 pm

U go Sipadan la...let me and Deepblu do this wreck :P


hehehe manyak langsi la dis person, we c la, deepblu wan to follow or not hehehehe



alamak....like dat how to split myself into two la?
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Post Number:#14  Postby bobo » Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:03 pm

ler, nuh, antu raya gi suh dia buat keje la...  ;D
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Post Number:#15  Postby nazir4321 » Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:08 pm

nak itut leh hehehehe ;D ;D
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Post Number:#16  Postby SeaDemon » Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:30 pm

Buleh..ponteng keje aje ;D
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Post Number:#17  Postby putradiver » Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:56 pm

hehehe.  U guys... sampai hati tak citer kat kiter pung...  Takper.... Sanggup tinggalkan kiter.
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Post Number:#18  Postby SeaDemon » Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:12 pm

Bawak la tank! ;D Buat temporary duty kat Pengkalan Chepa
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Post Number:#19  Postby putradiver » Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:50 pm

Buat aper temporary duty kat Pengkalan Chepa, jauh tu.  Kita pergi ke Gong Kedak/Bukit Putri la.  Lagi dekat.  Bot ada, tank pun ada.  Apa lagi?  The RMAF CAR team is there...
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Post Number:#20  Postby SeaDemon » Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:45 pm

Buat aper temporary duty kat Pengkalan Chepa, jauh tu.  Kita pergi ke Gong Kedak/Bukit Putri la.  Lagi dekat.  Bot ada, tank pun ada.  Apa lagi?  The RMAF CAR team is there...


Nih map reading mesti fail nih. Pengkalan Chepa la nearer to Sabak  :P ;D  Tank ada 14 kat rumah tu nak buat apa? Anyway my uncle's no longer CO Gong Kedak. I don't know who is OC CAR there. Still, a bit too far la.

BTW, 12.50 posting lagi? Dah lah parade HUT tak gi...mosque parade pun escape..kekkekee ;D ::)
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Post Number:#21  Postby anas » Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:09 pm

BTW, 12.50 posting lagi? Dah lah parade HUT tak gi...mosque parade pun escape..kekkekee ;D ::)


Ustaz Seademon sudah marah... ;-)
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Post Number:#22  Postby SeaDemon » Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:27 pm

BTW, 12.50 posting lagi? Dah lah parade HUT tak gi...mosque parade pun escape..kekkekee ;D ::)


Ustaz Seademon sudah marah... ;-)


Mana tak sesat anak-anak murid, sampai ada yang tolong tolak orang descend walaupun orang tu sakit telinga. Dah guru tak gi semejid. >:( ;D
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Post Number:#23  Postby putradiver » Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:08 pm

BTW, 12.50 posting lagi? Dah lah parade HUT tak gi...mosque parade pun escape..kekkekee ;D ::)


Ustaz Seademon sudah marah... ;-)


Mana tak sesat anak-anak murid, sampai ada yang tolong tolak orang descend walaupun orang tu sakit telinga. Dah guru tak gi semejid. >:( ;D


Last call sebelum gi masjid da...
Ni sah tak tengok waktu sembahyang kul berapa...
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Post Number:#24  Postby putradiver » Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:09 pm

Buat aper temporary duty kat Pengkalan Chepa, jauh tu.  Kita pergi ke Gong Kedak/Bukit Putri la.  Lagi dekat.  Bot ada, tank pun ada.  Apa lagi?  The RMAF CAR team is there...


Nih map reading mesti fail nih. Pengkalan Chepa la nearer to Sabak  :P ;D  Tank ada 14 kat rumah tu nak buat apa? Anyway my uncle's no longer CO Gong Kedak. I don't know who is OC CAR there. Still, a bit too far la.

BTW, 12.50 posting lagi? Dah lah parade HUT tak gi...mosque parade pun escape..kekkekee ;D ::)


hehehe...silap bearing.  But at Pengkalan Chepa takder boat and tanks.  Gong Kedak gak better
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Post Number:#25  Postby SeaDemon » Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:17 am

Seriously, who would like to dive this wreck? I would prefer divers with good dive experience, love wrecks, and must be comfortable diving in low viz. Boat is not a problem as fishing boats can still be rented.

There are pros and cons of using government facilities to do free dives. It's okay if you are a serviceman, I know, although it's wrong, you can always twist around the admin orders to use the boats and so on. The implication is if there is an accident involving civilians who are not authorised insured to travel on military vehicles.  I'll leave that to your imagination.
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Post Number:#26  Postby GOD » Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:22 am

I am interested ... provided I get time off from my work.

;D
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Post Number:#27  Postby Jim » Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:03 pm

depends on the dates.....
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Post Number:#28  Postby deepblu » Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:56 pm

Seriously, who would like to dive this wreck?



m definitely interested.

as for experience, mine not comparable to the sifus here laaa....
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Post Number:#29  Postby ironore » Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:11 pm

does diving in PD trip dat day counts as having experience diving in no vis water... summore walking to shore wooo..
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Post Number:#30  Postby antigravity » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:44 pm

Hi guys, I'm an avid diver (recently certified as a PADI OWSI) and just recently started a diveshop in Kota Bharu, Kelantan called Anti Gravity Dive Supply. You will be hearing more about us in time. I am a local boy, and have known about the history of the Awajisan Maru since my days as a schoolboy. I started doing research on it about 2 years ago. I am happy to say that next Monday (13th Oct), I am finally going down to check it out with some fellow experienced divers. Will post the pics on this thread after the dive.
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