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Gulf of Siam

Burma Maru Discovered 60 miles off Cambodian coast

Japanese Navy Ship Burma Maru Wreck discovery 2017 Written by Stephen Burton (Gulf of Siam) Depth 50-63 meters (Normoxic Trimix recommended)  All dive photos Courtesy of Mikko Paasi – Preliminary report and additional photos received from Oliver Zeiser Lloyds Shipping register record of the Burma Maru’s loss A telegraph rises from the murk – the stuff of divers dreams! That special moment before a deep dive onto an unknown wreck – mystery awaits…  CCR’s are the way to go on this dive to […]

USS Lagarto Sub

 USS Lagarto Submarine Discovered 2005, By Jamie MacLeod, Stewart Owhl and the crew of MV Trident Shipwreck Research Vessel   Location:- Southern Gulf of Siam – South China Sea Registration:- American SS-371, Sunk 05/03/1945 Classification:-     Balao Class Submarine Specifications:-  1,526 tons. 311.8ft x 27ft. SS-371. Depth:- 72meters in open ocean; An extremely challenging Trimix technical dive “Lagarto’s Final Moments” – Video documentary Featuring John Chatterton , Richie Kohler diving from the MV trident shipwreck research vessel based in Koh Tao, […]

Vertical Wreck

The Vertical Wreck Also known as Pak 1 or ‘The Koho Maru-5’ Written by Stephen Burton (Gulf of Thailand) Depth 42meters; Air, Nitrox, ‘recommended technical decompression diving only’ The First Sinking… The 25-year-old tanker owned by the PAK Line originally sank at WGS84 N11’41.9, E101’40.8 on Aug 25, 1996, 50 kilometers west of Koh Chang in Trat, on its way to Vietnam. From an interview with one of the three survivors, There were 10 people in the ship at the […]

The Seacrest Drill Ship

The Seacrest Drill Ship a.k.a ‘The Scan Queen’ Written by Stephen Burton (Southern Gulf of Thailand) Depth 70meters ; Trimix diving only Sunk by ‘Typhoon Gay’ 3 November 1989. source: Wikipedia Tonnage : 4,400 gross tonnage, Length : 110 m Breadth : 20 m Draught :6m Details of Sinking:- Sunk by ‘Typhoon Gay’ 3 November 1989. 91 rig workers of many nationalities were killed in the disaster, leading to a massive legal case brought against the ships owners UNOCAL, Thailand(now […]

The Liberty Wrecks

H.T.M.S. Pattini, H.T.M.S. Phali, and H.T.M.S. Nongsarhai Written by Stephen Burton Depth 30meters; Air, Nitrox, Technical diving New wreck site, hidden for 20 years!  Information Kindly sent by Khun Pichit Muangnapoe. Above pictures courtesy of the Royal Thai Navy Archives web site www.navy.mi.th Located in the middle of the gulf of Thailand.  H.T.M.S. Pattini, H.T.M.S. Phali, and H.T.M.S. Nongsarhai, Three Royal Thai Navy battleships were sunk as target ships during the 70’s and 80’s. Only 3 hours cruise from Pranburi, […]

The Big C5

The Big C5, Prachuap Sirikhan Written by Stephen Burton Depth Unknown STOP PRESS May 19th 2005>>>Oil tanker sinks off Southern Thailand Coast PRACHUAP KHIRIKHAN, May 18 (TNA) – The marine ecosystem in Thailand’s upper southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan has been put jeopardy by an oil tanker which capsized a week ago in fierce seas, just four kilometers from the coastline of a national park. The large oil tanker was found by local fisheries and marine resource officials, as […]

Arosan Maru

Arosan Maru 6,886 tons Written by Stephen Burton Sunk By the USS Hardhead 3 April 1945 Picture courtesy of the Japanese Maritime Museum, Kobe Translation from Japanese report by Yuki-san Departed Saigon 03/04/45 05/04/45:-Hit by lightning, not too bad and moved on past Fukoku Island 06/04/45 :-9 .18 N   102 50 E, near Panjang Island 2nd Lightning Strike, hit the ship on the ???? Sank very quickly 30-85 crew, 15 survivors USN mark 9 37N 102 48E 18miles difference Extract from […]

Mystery Marus

Mystery Marus Written by Stephen Burton Japanese Merchant Shipping Losses due to World War II totaled 7,240 Vessels made up from the following types General, Public & Private Steamers:- 3,575 Ships Sail Boats:- 2,070 ships Fishing Boats:- 1,595 ships (Source – Japanese Naval Museum, Kobe) Dozens of Japanese ‘Maru’ or large commercial transport vessels were sunk in the Gulf of Siam and South China Sea during the latter stages of WWII. Most were sank as a direct result of American […]

HIJMS Hatsutaka

HIJMS Hatsutaka Written by Stephen Burton discovered 3rd April 2008 Wreck Report & Images Courtesy of Davy Jones Locker, Koh Tao The Japanese Minelayer HIJMS Hatsutaka was completed in October 1939. Built by Harima & Co. Hatsutaka gave it’s name to that class of ship. Measuring 90.9 metres in length with a 11.3 metre beam, the Hatsutaka class had a fast, sleek design displacing 1608 tonnes. Engineered with a dual shaft, three boiler power plant, 6000hp was delivered to the […]

Akela

Akela Written by Stephen Burton Gulf of Thailand Near Cambodian Border Discovered April 2008 The vessel was discovered by a team of international Technical Divers from the MV Trident Jamie MacLeod , MV trident Shipwreck Research Vessel (Photograph of Vessel very similar to the Akela, manufactured by the same shipyard) (click images above for 100kb HIRES photo) The superb images of the first trip to this vessel are given below All underwater images on this page, copyright of Chris Clark […]

SS Carrie

SS Carrie ( nickname) Written by Stephen Burton picture credit – Deep Sea Detective Richie Kohler diving on MV Trident   VESSEL_NATIONALITY: some sort of Chinese TYPE_OF_VESSEL: Freighter – post war DEPTH_WRECK: 55 DEPTH_SEABED: 75 LOCATION: Gulf GPS_NORTH: 9 GPS_EAST: 102.3 WRECK_LENGTH: 110 WRECK_WIDTH: 18 WRECK_TONS: 6000 + WRECK_PROPS: 1 BOTTOM_CONDITION: sand SENDER_EMAIL: jamie@techthailand.com SENDER_DIVESHOP_EMAIL: OPTIONAL SENDER_DIVESHOP_URL: www.techthailand.com Date: Sunday, May 11, 2008 Time: 09:48:49 PM HOW_WRECK_SUNK: UNKNOWN WRECK_DOING_WHAT: UNKNOWN OTHER_INFORMATION: sits upright DIVE_TEAM_NAME_EMAILS: UNKNOWN

Nanmei No5

VESSEL_NAME: Nanmei No5 maru Written by Stephen Burton VESSEL_NATIONALITY: Japanese WWII TYPE_OF_VESSEL: tanker DEPTH_WRECK: 60 DEPTH_SEABED: 74 LOCATION: gulf GPS_NORTH: 9.3 GPS_EAST: 102 WRECK_LENGTH: 50 WRECK_WIDTH: 8 WRECK_TONS: 2500 WRECK_PROPS: 1 BOTTOM_CONDITION: sand SENDER_EMAIL: jamie@techthailand.com SENDER_DIVESHOP_URL: www.techthailand.com Date: Sunday, May 11, 2008 Time: 10:16:35 PM HOW_WRECK_SUNK: torpedoed USS Hammerhead 1945, 2 miles from Sakura maru WRECK_DOING_WHAT: UNKNOWN OTHER_INFORMATION: sits upright, hit in bow DIVE_TEAM_NAME_EMAILS:

Sakura Maru

VESSEL_NAME: sakura maru Written by Stephen Burton VESSEL_NATIONALITY: jap TYPE_OF_VESSEL: freighter DEPTH_WRECK: 60 DEPTH_SEABED: 74 LOCATION: gulf GPS_NORTH: 9.3 GPS_EAST: 102 WRECK_LENGTH: 50 WRECK_WIDTH: 8 WRECK_TONS: 2000 WRECK_PROPS: 1 BOTTOM_CONDITION: sand SENDER_EMAIL: jamie@techthailand.com SENDER_DIVESHOP_EMAIL: OPTIONAL SENDER_DIVESHOP_URL: www,techthailand.com Date: Sunday, May 11, 2008 Time: 10:13:56 PM HOW_WRECK_SUNK: torpedoed USS Hammerhead 1945 WRECK_DOING_WHAT: UNKNOWN OTHER_INFORMATION: sits upright, bow torpedoed DIVE_TEAM_NAME_EMAILS:

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