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Jan 22, 2015 06:41 |  #16

Dove Truk back in 1976. Still have friends there. Great work!


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Jan 25, 2015 19:51 |  #17

So awesome. My former neighbor who is now deceased attacked many of these ships in the middle of the night using radar that the British Royal Marines captured from the French coast in a raid! He was on the uss Monaghan.


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Jan 30, 2015 10:31 |  #18

seaninsa wrote in post #17309870 (external link)
Thanks..this thing is referred to R2D2 it is on the Fujikowa Maru. Some of the dive guides will not go in there. One guy in the group was an ahole. He was told to make sure to turtle kick but instead he does flutter kicks and stirred up the slit. I had to spend time in Photoshop to get the slit out of the pic.

Stirring up silt was a huge problem on these dives. I always tried to be the first one in. I never used my fins. I would navigate by using my gloved hands to grab onto things and push myself around. I was doing this for myself and the next person going in.


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Jan 30, 2015 13:20 as a reply to  @ cerett's post |  #19

What a nice guy you were lol..slit is stupid there in the wrecks.




  
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Feb 27, 2015 20:01 |  #20

Ok, so I am confused... I thought everything on the bottom at Truk was Japanese. Why is the writing in English?


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Feb 28, 2015 11:42 |  #21

fishbaja wrote in post #17453032 (external link)
Ok, so I am confused... I thought everything on the bottom at Truk was Japanese. Why is the writing in English?

Most of the ships were made here in the US. Most of these ships were acquired by the Japanese decades before the war.

You can find the history of the ships in Truk Lagoon here:

http://www.bluelagoond​iveresort.com/truk-lagoon-wrecks.html (external link)




  
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Mar 09, 2015 09:18 as a reply to  @ post 17393862 |  #22

Interesting pictures indeed. I've always wanted to do something similar but I doubt I ever will. What I find interesting is the use of English words on a lot of that equipment, even back then.

Time is evidently doing its job on all that steel. Someday it'll all be just a pile of iron oxide. I would imagine that the temperature of the water has something to do with the rapid deterioration of all that stuff. Same thing is happening to the Titanic in the North Atlantic but probably at a slower pace.

Anyhow....congrats. Good shots.




  
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Mar 09, 2015 19:34 |  #23

flylooper wrote in post #17467175 (external link)
Interesting pictures indeed. I've always wanted to do something similar but I doubt I ever will. What I find interesting is the use of English words on a lot of that equipment, even back then.

Time is evidently doing its job on all that steel. Someday it'll all be just a pile of iron oxide. I would imagine that the temperature of the water has something to do with the rapid deterioration of all that stuff. Same thing is happening to the Titanic in the North Atlantic but probably at a slower pace.

Anyhow....congrats. Good shots.

Actually the Titantic is probably going to last longer then these ships. The water is colder. The hot salt water will deteriorate these ships faster. In fact many are collapsing. The superstructure of the Fujikawa Maru has pretty much collapsed. It is hard to get into the area to take a pic of what is referred to as R2D2.




  
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Aug 13, 2015 15:50 |  #24

old thread :) hope you reply
sad to hear of the condition but that is going to happen sadly

kinda curious in that room (r2d2) was a gear cage with lightbulbs in tact that were floating up against the roof of that cage area back when I was there ? also the bands for the lathe and other things were still around the wheels to drive it as were wrenches inside the drawers etc...
pretty sure that is where the storage cage was with the bulbs :)

the betty bomber that did not make the landing on Eten used to have a oil filled compass that was kept around so you could play with it etc...
forgot the wreck I got into one time and was tons of medicine ampules all over the floor and what seemed to be a officers quarters with record player and basically looked like it flooded slowly as most of the stuff was in tact ? did not have my camera with me because of the penetration at the time was the first time in did not want anything hanging up
lots of awesome memories down there
some I forgot at this point :) one was fun where you entered the side of the wreck in a huge torpedo hole ?

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seaninsa wrote in post #17389164 (external link)
Well a lot of the wrecks are deteriorating badly. Only one of the guides on the Odyssey would go into the room where R2D2 is on the Fujikawa Maru. All the wrecks are falling apart.




  
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Nov 30, 2015 17:58 |  #25

I really like the first one. I'm sure it was a great experience.




  
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Jan 22, 2016 15:21 |  #26

Nice crisp detail and color!


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Feb 19, 2016 11:32 |  #27

This place is amazing!




  
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Feb 24, 2016 10:44 |  #28

Nice!! A dream of mine, maybe one day!!

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Feb 01, 2017 08:00 |  #29

[QUOTE=seaninsa;173095​24]Pictures from a trip I made earlier this year to TruK:

IMAGE: http://www.seansydnorphotography.com/img/s5/v121/p141806139-4.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.seansydnorp​hotography.com/p602045​869/e873ca3b  (external link)

This one is quite spooky! I would be more than a little shocked to run into this thing unexpectedly!!



  
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Feb 01, 2017 12:41 as a reply to  @ WildImages's post |  #30

It is referred to as R2D2. It is very difficult to get to know as the superstructure is collapsing on the ship that it is in.




  
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