Dive Site USAT MEIGS
MAX DEPTH 18 METERS SUNK 1942
LENGTH 430 FEET TONNAGE 12,568 TONS GROSS
POSITION Latitude 12o 29” 269 S Longitude 130o 49” 109 E
Built by Los Angeles Ship building and Dry-dock company in San Pedro, California in 1921.
Army transport ship of 430.7 feet and 12568 ton gross capable of producing 3500 horse power she had straight stem, counter stern, two decks and three masts.
The largest ship in the harbour during the Japanese raids made her a prime target for the attacking Japanese aircraft.
Lightly armed and loaded with ammunitions and equipment she was an easy target and was attacked repeatedly throughout the raids.
Hit by many large bombs several incendiary bombs and repeated machine gunning from fighter aircraft the vessel was finally struck by aerial torpedoes and caught fire before sinking. However only two of the crew of sixty six were killed.
The mast of the Meigs could be seen sticking out of the water and was a popular swimming destination for many years until the wreck was salvaged to the water line by the Fujita Salvage Company around 1960 leaving all cargo lying on the bottom for all divers to enjoy.