SMS Cormoran II Memorial Ceremony
Location: Apra Harbor
Address: Piti, GU
Contact: Colleen Cabedo
On April 7, 1917, German cruiser SMS Cormoran II was scuttled in Guam's Apra Harbor during WWI. For 26 years she would rest undisturbed until August 27, 1943 when Japanese freighter Tokai Maru was torpedoed during WWII. As it happened, the Tokai Maru had been moored right over the wreck of the Cormoran, now laying side by side, about 120 feet below the surface.
This is reputedly the only dive site in the world where wrecks from both world wars share the same site. The wrecks have become a popular dive site for divers around the world. In July 1974, the SMS Cormoran II was listed on the Guam Register of Historic Places, and a year later, the vessel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In honor of its history and the lives that have perished on SMS Cormoran II, the Guam Visitors Bureau plans to memorialize this historic moment by two very moving memorial ceremonies on Friday, April 7, 2017.
Festivities will also include wreath-laying ceremonies at Apra Harbor and the US Naval Cemetery in Hagåtña, and a series of lectures and an exhibit in a weeklong celebration.
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