Looking Back — Japanese cargo ship

The crew of the Japanese cargo vessel Oridono Maru at the Port of Grays Harbor in the early 1920’s. Many of the cargo ships from Japan that docked in Grays Harbor to load lumber bound for other ports were requisitioned by the Japanese forces during World War II. Some were torpedoed by U.S. submarines, others were sunk by carrier-based fighter planes. The Oridono Maru, however, hit a Japanese mine and sank near Surabaya Java on May 11, 1942. It’s not known if any of these men were aboard at the time.


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