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HTMS Pangan

The Pangnan Wreck

Written by Stephen Burton

(Koh Tao, Samui Archipelago)

Jamie & Stewart examining what the cat brought in last night...

The HTMS Pangan kitchean is where any good diver would look for a good selection of dishes to add to his ceramic collection. HTMS Pangan Kitchean entrance. fat b'stards not allowed

Photo from Ayesha and Wilco at Big Buddah Techical Diving, Koh Tao, ThailandThe pristine engine room of the HTMS Pangan. dream on divers...

Photo from Ayesha and Wilco at Big Buddah Techical Diving, Koh Tao, ThailandPhoto from Ayesha and Wilco at Big Buddah Techical Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand

Wilco at Big Buddah Techical Diving, Koh Tao, ThailandPhoto from Ayesha at Big Buddah Techical Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand

Photos above from Ayesha and Wilco at Big Buddah Techical Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand

‘loads of bone china in the kitchen marked ‘Made in Occupied Japan

Nice Lamps Jamie!.  Didn't they polish up well. phot from Jamie macleod, MV Trident, Koh To, Thailand

Port & Starboard Oil Lamps of HTMS Pangan courtesy of Jamie Macleod MV Trident, Koh Tao, Thailand

More review of this great wreck and stunning pictures from

Thierry Minet

  • VESSEL_NAME: HTMS Pangan
  • VESSEL_NATIONALITY: Thai
  • TYPE_OF_VESSEL: Naval transport
  • DEPTH_WRECK: 60
  • DEPTH_SEABED: 48
  • LOCATION: east of koh tao
  • GPS_NORTH: UNKNOWN
  • GPS_EAST: UNKNOWN
  • WRECK_LENGTH: 60
  • WRECK_WIDTH: 10
  • WRECK_TONS: 2500
  • WRECK_PROPS: 2
  • BOTTOM_CONDITION: sand
  • SENDER_EMAIL: jamie@techthailand.com
  • SENDER_DIVESHOP_EMAIL: OPTIONAL
  • SENDER_DIVESHOP_URL: www.techthailand.com
  • HOW_WRECK_SUNK:
  • sunk in a storm july 1961
  • WRECK_DOING_WHAT:
  • transporting ammunition for disposal
  • OTHER_INFORMATION:
  • a ‘quality ‘wreck, lots of spaces to explore, large easy penetrations,good vis in this area
  • DIVE_TEAM_NAME_EMAILS:
  • mv trident
  • SENDER_EMAIL:     jamie@techthailand.com
  • SENDER_DIVESHOP_EMAIL: info@techthailand.com
  • SENDER_DIVESHOP_URL:     http://www.techthailand.com

HOW_WRECK_SUNK:

A large wave hit the ship and the cargo (ammunition and gunpowder for disposal at sea) broke loose and rolled to the port side.  She was then listing heavily to port and taking waves over the side.  The water swamped the engines and the pumps also failed.  (I assume that they were not expecting rough sea at that time of year and did not have the cargo firmly strapped down).

The Captain was ashamed and tried to go down with the ship.  But some of the crew members dragged him into a life boat. (This could be a bit of hubris to save face)

WRECK_DOING_WHAT:

Earlier, the ship had been used for bringing the body of a senior military officer, who died in the “Indo-China” war, back to Thailand. Some sailors believed that his ghost haunted the ship.  As she sunk, they heard a strange, eerie sound which they believed to be the ghost crying out.  (Probably air rushing out as she sunk)

OTHER INFORMATION

Two weeks after the sinking the head of the Navy released a report saying that they still did not know why she sank. (Or they didn’t want to say)

Got a load of lovely officers’ Royal Thai Navy chinaware from deep inside the HTMS Pangan. It’s white, navy blue lines with gold leaf line and crest. Only got about 50 pieces so far and the room is still full.

DIVE_TEAM_NAME_EMAILS: Jamie Macleod  www.techthailand.com

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