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Dive Site  British motorist

MAX DEPTH 20 Metres                  SUNK 1942              

LENGTH 440.2 FEET                                                 TONNAGE 6891 TONS GROSS

POSITION     Latitude 12o 29 860 S                         Longitude 130o 49 320 E

 

GENERAL INFO

Built by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson at Newcastle, England in 1924.

A steel commercial tanker owned by the British Tanker Company  at 440.2 feet long and tonnage of 6891 gross the vessel was equipped with an eight cylinder oil fuelled engine developing 796 horsepower and producing a maximum operating speed of 11 knots.

The tanker had straight stem, counter stern two masts and a single funnel.

 On The morning of the Japanese attack the British Motorist was preparing to refuel the  destroyer USS Peary at the time of the attack.

The ship was stuck by 2 bombs one destroying the bridge the second hitting forward. The ship listed to port and was afire amidships eventually capsizing and sinking. Two lives were lost from her crew of 61they were the Master and the wireless operator. The ship was cut into sections and refloated by the Fujita salvage company and was used as storage space and the living quarters for the Japanese workers who salvaged the steel from several of the other wrecks in the harbour.

 

 

 

 

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