Sri Lanka Raised a World War II shipwreck and sank it again
An important World War II wreck saw the light of day for the first time since it was sunk by Japanese forces in 1942.
The SS Sagaing was used to transport passengers and goods between the UK and Burma (also known as Myanmar) and she was built in 1942. Myanmar used to be a British colony until 1948. The ship was attacked by Japanese bombers on April 9, 1942 while anchored in a harbor of Sri Lanka. As fire got wider, the ship was abandoned.
On August 24, 1943, the SS Sagaing was sunk in the harbor until it was raised after 74 years. In 2017, Sri Lanka decided to relocate the shipwreck to create more space in the harbor. With the months-long efforts of the Sri Lanka Navy, they managed to move the vessel farther out to open water. On March 30, 2018, they finally sinked SS Sagaing once again. The shipwreck will be in its new position from that time on.
Maritime Business World