Topic: Rumors - Part 8
started by: Ken Hackler
Posted by Ken Hackler on Jan. 26 2003,2:23THE MYSTERIOUS "MAUI" BOAT
One of many rumors spread by Burl Burlingame in his book Advance Force Pearl Harbor is the mysterious object - about the size of a midget submarine according to Burlingame - in a lagoon near Maui. This is close to where the five Special Attack Force midget's were to rendezvous with their mother submarines on the night of December 7, 1941.
There was a submarine there for over a decade. However, the mysterious “Maui boat” was the decommissioned World War Two submarine USS Bluegill (SS-242), and she was considerably larger than a Japanese midget submarine.
The Navy sank Bluegill in 1971 to provide rescue and salvage training for divers. She quickly became popular with sport divers and the Navy grew concerned that someone would get hurt messing around in her. Bluegill was raised and towed out to sea after thirteen years in the Maui lagoon. She was taken to deeper water and sunk again, in an undisclosed location, to prevent anyone from finding her. You can also read about the USS Bluegill online by going to:
< Maui Diving Site >
Posted by Brian OConnor on Dec. 13 2003,3:57Yes, and incidently, that "lagoon" was the sea area just off Lahaina. Not particularly lagoon-ish!!!
Posted by David Aiken on Dec. 13 2003,4:34
Another site which "became popular with sport divers and the Navy grew concerned that someone would get hurt messing around in her" was a Kaga Zero fighter in about 150 foot of water off the old Camp Malakole. The Navy had so many of its servicemen get the bends from that dive that they took a grappling hook, snagged the wreck and towed it out to deeper water and, like your submarine, left in an undisclosed location, to prevent anyone from finding her.
What they failed to consider was the possibility of human remains...or not.