The Story of her Sinking
After she had survived TF 38`s air attacks on Japanese shipping in Manila Bay and Harbor on 21 Sep 1944 she received sailing order to transfer to Coron Bay and weighed anchor at 1730 the same day. She arrived in Coron Bay on 23 Sep 1540 and dropped anchor in position 11°58`54″N / 120°02`15″E (GPS). The night was spent in trying to camouflage bridge and main deck. In the morning of 24 Sep at 0900 she was attacked by U.S. dive bombers. After she had received several bomb hits the vessel sank with 39 men.
The last picture of the Kogyo Maru in Coron Bay
The Diving on the Wreck today
The freighter lies on her starboard side with the bow pointing to 230° at a depth of 34 m. The portside hull is is at 22 m. This is also the best area to spot the abundant marine life and check out the coral growth. In the cargo holds you can see lots of construction materials, rock solid cement bags, rolls of wires, barrels, a cement mixer and even a bulldozer.
This wreck would be relatively easy to dive, if it wouldn't be quite deep, so nitrox is the way to go here. Even wreck novices can have a good look around in the cargo holds, without getting lost anywhere. Deeper penetrations into the hull are possible, but should be left to the qualified and well equipped divers.