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    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at our house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station


    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    Hino Maru No 2
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Hino Maru No 2 The Hino Maru No 2 was launched on 16 September 1935 from the Mitsubishi Jukogyo KK (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) at Kobe for Nippon Shokuen K. K. She was powered by a single six cylinder Mitsubishi diesel engine. A cargo ship, she entered service on 14 December 1935. The new ship was not real big, only 999 tons gross (later rated as 977 tons) and 61 metres (200.1 feet) long and almost 11 metres (35.1 feet) wide. It has many alternative names, including One-Gun-Boat, Gun High Wreck (both for obvious reasons that will be detailed later), Dai-ni Hino Maru, Dai-Futa Hino Maru and sometimes Tenno Maru. It is certainly not the Tenno Maru which is, in fact, the Hikawa Maru No 2. Dan Bailey in his book WII Wrecks of the Kwajalein and Truk Lagoon claims that the the Gun High Wreck is not the Hino Maru No 2 but he seems to contradict himself (see pages 143 verses 147-8).

    The Hino Maru No 2 was used as a gunboat during the war but I do not have further details.

    The bow gun of the Hino Maru No 2
    The bow gun of the Hino Maru No 2
    In any case, the ship appears to have been anchored on the western side of Uman Island in Chuuk Lagoon, a few hundred metres to the north of the Sankisan Maru, on 1 May 1944 during the second carrier raids (12 US aircraft carriers attacked over the two days of 30 April and 1 May 1944). It is reported that it was damaged by a 500lb bomb at about 1445 hours.

    Today the wreck of the Hino Maru No 2 lies with the bow in less than three metres. The ship is very badly damaged, in fact, the most broken up of any of the wrecks I have dived on in Chuuk Lagoon. It is normally done as a snorkel and that is about all it is worth.

    The dive boats anchor near the bow and the first thing you will see is the bow gun. This will give you a good idea why it was called the Gun High Wreck. This presents an excellent photographic opportunity.

    Even this section of the wreck is utterly devastated. The anchor chain and winch are still recognisable and you can swim down into the forecastle area. Behind this there are the remains of hold one and hold two. There are bits of hull, some hold partitions, masts and other parts of the ship but it is a big mess.

    This is about all there is to see. Again, do not give up a dive on another wreck but spend a few minutes to snorkel it on the way to the Sankisan Maru.

    Snorkel:

  • 15 November 1997
  • 12 September 2004

    References:

  • Hailstorm over Truk Lagoon by Klaus Lindemann
  • WII Wrecks of the Kwajalein and Truk Lagoon by Dan E. Bailey
  • Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869 - 1945 by Hansgeorg Jentschura et al
  • Lloyds Register 1936-37, 1945-46

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