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Now to be found at the bottom of Truk Lagoon in the Central Pacific, the pair of ships once formed part of the most forbidding Japanese stronghold in that stretch of ocean. Today, divers brave dangerous waters to explore the atmospheric remains of the vessels, but sharks aren’t all there is to worry about. Previous visitors to the Fujikawa Maru, for example, have reported the sound of machinery in operation. And while filming in the wreck of the Hoki Maru, investigators from American TV show Destination Truth picked up a recording apparently of engines turning over.
9. USAT Liberty
Unlike many of the shipwrecks featured on this list, the USAT Liberty may be haunted not simply by the spirits of the dead but by a strange and unidentifiable energy source. The United States Army vessel was in Bali’s Lombok Strait in January 1942 when a hit from a Japanese torpedo abruptly ended her military career. After being towed to a beach on Bali, the ship was unloaded and apparently left to rot – that is, until the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963.
Pushed back out to sea by the effects of the eruption, the Liberty sank beneath the waves, where she remains today in ten to 95 feet of water. What’s more, anyone visiting the vessel now should look out for the rapidly approaching ghostly object that some divers have experienced – perhaps, it is said, an apparition of the torpedo that originally felled the craft during World War II.