"SIANTAR" SUNK BY JAPANESE SUBMARINE I-1
NW OF SHARK BAY, WA
ON 3 MARCH 1942

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Japanese scouting submarine I-1, under the command of Commander Eitarau Ankyu, sank the Dutch steamer, Siantar, of 8,806 tons, a few hundred miles north west of Shark Bay, Western Australia on 3 March 1942.

I-1 sighted smoke from the funnels of Siantar and immediately submerged. I-1 fired torpedoes at Siantar, but they missed. I-1 then resurfaced and began firing its deck gun. Siantar being an armed cargo vessel, returned fire but it was ineffective. I-1 managed to hit Siantar with 30 to 40 direct hits. It caught fire. I-1 fired another torpedo and sunk Siantar rather than prolong the battle.

Submarine I-1, was a member of the 2nd Submarine Squadron, under Rear Admiral Yamazaki Shigeteru. I-1 and other scouting submarines I-2, I-3, I-4, and I-6 and flagship I-7 left Staring Bay in Sulawesi on 22/23 February 1942.

I-1, I-2 and I-3 formed the 7th Division of the 2nd Submarine squadron. They headed for Australian waters while the others were to patrol the Indian Ocean.

 

REFERENCE

Jenkins, David, "Battle Surface - Japan's Submarine War against Australia 1942 - 44", Random House Australia, 1992

 

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