Truk Lagoon, February 16-23, 1997


In February of 1997 Doug, Penny and Karen visited Mike and Lynn in Guam. While in Guam they dove on two wrecks, the Tokia Maru  and the SMS Cormoran which are actually touching each other in about 120 feet of water. The Cormoran is a WWII German raider with a rich history which started off as a Russian ship and ending with a sinking to avoid capture by the American forces. The Tokia Maru is a Japanese freighter that was caught by attacking US forces and sunk actually hitting the Cormoran. The Cormoran's propeller cut the hull of the Tokia Maru and today they lay within reach of each other.

After several days in Guam, Doug, Penny, Karen and Mike flew to Truk, now called Chuuk (See: Truk History)and met the S.S. Thorfinn for a week of outstanding diving and fun. It was impossible to dive as often as the crew offered. Doug had a strobe failure after one dive on the sub I-169 and had to use available light to get most of his underwater pictures. Mike was enjoying the dive beyond description and elected to leave his camera behind and just look and the wrecks. Most of these pictures were taken by Mike the few times he did take pictures.



S.S. Thorfinn


Port 2 preparing to board dive launch

Mark Stancombe and Paul Finnegan,
friends from the UK


Doug having words with
Captain Dave

Miss Penny boarding
the dive launch


Port 2 - Karen, Mike, Doug, Penny & Mark


Port 2 - Paul, Karen, Penny, Doug & Mark


Doug, Karen & Penny

Miss Karen & Miss Penny



"Remo"
The "Swimming Silverback"
and "Human Furuno"


The "One Tong Grapnel Hook"

Miss Penny ready to go!


Bow gun
Fujikawa Maru

Fujikawa Maru


Porthole/Lantern
Fujikawa Maru

Porthole/Cage Light
Fujikawa Maru


Bow telegraph
Fujikawa Maru

Fujikawa Maru


Radio room
Fujikawa Maru

Bottles on
Fujikawa Maru


Karen Flynn on
Fujikawa Maru

Karen Flynn on
Fujikawa Maru


Engine room
Fujikawa Maru

Engine room
Fujikawa Maru


Karen Flynn and skull on Fujikawa Maru

Skull on Fujikawa Maru

Doug Buckley on Fujikawa Maru


Doug returning from Night Dive
and happy to see the boat

Doug & sunset over Truk

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Case of Sake in the hold of the Whatch-a-ma-call-it Maru

18 inch gun shells


Port 2 feeding


Karen, Mark, Doug and Miss Penny in Thorfinn's hut tub

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Penny enjoying the tub between dives


The hot tub winding up on Bacardi 151 Rum....


Doug well on his way and Miss Karen just
prior to going down for the count


Doug at full tilt.....


Miss Penny's Hostmaster 3250A Scar (enhanced)

--  See S.S. Thorfinn home page  --


 

Guam/Truk Dive Log

Date Schd. Time Location Max Depth RT S.I.
2-14-97 2:45 Tokia Maru / SMS Cormoran 113 42 :45
2-14-97 --- Tokia Maru / SMS Cormoran 114 41 14:32
2-15-97 7:30 Tokia Maru / SMS Cormoran 116 53 --
2-16-97 2:15 Kansho Maru (40-115') 113 41 1:21
2-16-97 5:30 Emily Flying Boat (40') 53 28 -
2-17-97 8:15 Sieiko Maru (70-160') 137 40 2:00
2-17-97 11:15 Yamgiri Maru (50-110') 79 49 2:25
2-17-97 2:15 Fujikawa Maru (30-120') 108 41 1:39
2-17-97 5:15 Betty Bomber (60') 65 35 2:57
2-17-97 8:30 Fujikawa Maru (30-120') 78 42 11:13
2-18-97 8:15 Hoki Maru (70-140') 153 34 2:23
2-18-97 11:15 Heian Maru (30-90') 116 41 2:16
2-18-97 2:15 Sankisan Maru (0-90') 87 44 2:02
2-18-97 5:15 Hoyo Maru (10-100') 105 32 14:28
2-19-97 8:15 Fujikawa Maru (30-120') 108 41 1:39
2-19-97 8:15 I-169 (90-140') 125 33 2:07
2-19-97 11:15 Kiyosumi Maru (40-100') 102 43 2:50
2-19-97 2:15 Unkai Maru (60-130') 106 47 1:32
2-19-97 8:15 Futagami (30-100') 76 34 14:45
2-20-97 8:15 Momokawa Maru (90-140') 137 37 2:25
2-20-97 11:15 Heian Maru (30-90') 103 43 2:14
2-20-97 2:15 Gosiei Maru (10-100') 120 47 2:03
2-20-97 5:15 Sutsuki (10-40') 43 35 14:36
2-21-97 8:15 Aikoku Maru (90-210') 173 38 2:05
2-21-97 11:15 Fujikawa Maru (30-120') 86 46 2:51
2-21-97 14:15 Rio Die Jeninero Maru (30-100') 95 43 4:45
2-21-97 20:30 Fujikawa Maru (30-120') 92 38 11:50
2-22-97 08:15 San Francisco Maru 169 36 4:40
2-22-97 14:15 Rio Die Jeninero Maru (30-100') 109 42 --


Total Dives = 29
Average Depth = 106'
Average Runtime = 40.2 min


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