Old navy’s sunken sub chaser collapses
The bridge of a sunken vessel near Chichijima Island of the Ogasawara Islands has collapsed, members of The Yomiuri Shimbun’s diving team have observed.
The vessel is likely to be Submarine Chaser No. 50, which belonged to the Imperial Japanese Navy. Submarine chasers located submarines and attacked them with depth charges. Submarine Chaser No. 50 was built in November 1943 and engaged in an escort mission for a supply fleet. It was attacked by U.S. forces in July 1944 and rendered unseaworthy. It sank to a depth of about 30 meters while being towed toward Chichijima, which is under the administration of Tokyo.
A mystical scene of tropical fish swimming inside the pilothouse was observed in late December 2014. At the end of this May, however, fish could no longer enter the vessel, as the bridge had collapsed.
本日気になった表現は, 見出しにある “chaser” です。
ちなみに, “chaser” の前にある “sub” は 「[英]海軍中尉」 “sublieutenant” を示していることがわかりました。( Cayu )