Kwajalein Anchorage Journal Entries

July 14 - 25

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July 14, 2000

The Silent Wrecks expedition begins! Join team members as they scour the lagoon of Kwajalein, searching for the locations of Japanese wrecks. You would think it would be hard to lose a 300 foot ship but it's surprisingly easy when it's underwater.

By Jonathan Bird

July 15, 2000

Film crew searches for the wrecks Shoei Maru and Ikuta Maru and Cha28 sub-chaser. Two out of three ain't bad!

By Jonathan Bird

July 16, 2000

Join the expedition as we explore the massive Tateyama Maru resting on her side in 130 feet of water. The film crew finds sake bottles and explores the massive guns on the tilted decks.

By Mark Miller

July 17-18, 2000

The team takes a couple days off from diving to shoot some of the surface footage needed for the film. Subjects include bunkers, cemetaries and beaches where American forces landed.

By Greg "Gator" Brunshidle

July 19, 2000

Tech divers unite! At last the final gear shipment arrives after many delays and the team gives them a shakedown. They quickly show their advantage in the demanding environments in which we'll use them.

By Mark Miller

July 20, 2000

The team gets a chance to apply rebreather technology to the project goals. We give them a big thumbs up!

By Mark Miller

July 21, 2000

We revisit the wreck of the Tateyama Maru and search for artifacts within her holds and passageways. Resting on her side, the Tateyama proves to be a confusing and fascinating ship to explore.

By Jonathan Bird

July 22, 2000

We revisit the wreck of the Akibasan Maru and film Japanese airplane pontoons and wings in the hold.

By Jonathan Bird

July 23, 2000

Another day is spent on the Akibasan Maru, working on a highly choreographed exploration of the ship's hold for the benfit of the cameras. On-camera we "find" the stuff we actually found previously.

By Greg "Gator" Brunshidle

July 24, 2000

The crew takes a detour from our battle agenda and explores the Wreck of the Prinz Eugen, a 697-foot German heavy cruiser.

By Jonathan Bird

July 25, 2000

Join the expedition as we explore uninhabited islands for Japanese artifacts, dive seldom seen wrecks and coral heads, adopt a new team member, and watch out for Gator as he tries to sink another boat in the lagoon!

By Greg "Gator" Brunshidle