Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon

Truk Lagoon
According to the United Nations there are over three million shipwrecks on the ocean floor. 

In the Pacific Ocean is a group of beautiful islands in Micronesia known as the Chuuk Islands. 

Within these islands sits the shark-infested Truk Lagoon. History would not pay much attention to this tropical paradise except for one fact—this lagoon has a vast number of shipwrecks.

Over 50 ships litter the Truk Lagoon seabed all sunk there during World War ll. The Chuuk Islands served as a Japanese naval base during the war. 

In 1944, the Americans launched “Operation Hailstorm,” which became known as the Japanese Pearl Harbor. 

The Allied attack lasted for three days at the end of which 275 airplanes and over 50 ships were sunk. This made Truk Lagoon the largest ship graveyard in the world.

For twenty-five years these wrecked ships and planes went virtually untouched. The reason for this was two-fold, deadly sharks and bombs. 

Many of these sunken ships still have full cargos. 

They contain fighter aircraft, tanks, bulldozers, railroad cars, motorcycles, torpedoes, mines, bombs, boxes of munitions, radios and thousands of other kinds of weapons. They also contain human remains.

More than 3,000 people were believed to have died during the attacks. 

Despite the risks involved, divers from around the world consider Truk Lagoon a must-do. Many of these divers believe that the lagoon is haunted. 

“Destination Truth” an American television show did an underwater ghost-hunt at Truk Lagoon based on many of these reports.

One prevalent report they investigated was the eerie sounds of truck engines on the sunken Hoki Maru ship. 

This ship has a full cargo of trucks. 

They were able to back up these past reports when they captured an EVP with the sound of truck engines, “turning over and starting up.” At the time this recording was made, no boat engines were running on the surface.

Other divers have reported strange sounds coming from the shipwreck Fuji Kawamaru. 

They state when they have been near the engine room, they have heard noises of machinery and grinding. Near this engine room is a pile of human remains. 

The Chuuk Islands themselves are also considered to be haunted. One local woman reported seeing a strange glowing light floating through a cave. 

A member of the Destination Truth team said that he was touched by something while in this cave.

Spectacular diving pics--Truk Lagoon


Leona Joan said...

Thanks for this fascinating article. ☺

Leona Joan said...

The photos are lovely and spooky. 😎