Introducing Chok or Trak lagoon; A cemetery in the depths of the Pacific Ocean

In the prehistoric times Chowk lagoon was the residence of several tribes


Fleet of ghosts of Trak Lagoon, a strange cemetery in the depths of the water!


Chuvuk Lagoonformerly known as Truk Atoll, is part of the atoll. The city of Weno on Moen Island serves as the capital of the atoll and also as the center of the atoll, and is the largest city in the FSM with 13,700 inhabitants.


History of Trak Lagoon


Trak lagoon prehistory:


It is not known when the Chuk Islands were first settled, but archeological evidence suggests that the Fiffen Islands and the Winne Islands had human settlements in the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. Later evidence shows that extensive human settlements appeared in Chowk in the 14th century AD.


Trak lagoon Colonization:


The first sighting by Europeans was recorded by the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Saavedra on the Florida Ship Board in August September 1528. Due to its location in the Caroline Islands, Chuuk Lagoon was under the rule of the Span Empire. In the late 19th century, Chouk Lagoon was home to several tribes that engaged in intermittent wars, as well as a small population of traders.



Spanish control over the islands was only nominal. The Spanish stopped in 1886 to raise a flag over the Chukchi and returned in 1895 as part of an effort to exert control and negotiate peace between warring Chukchi tribes.


The Caroline Islands were sold to the German Empire in 1899, after Spain withdrew from the Pacific following the Spanish-American War.



During World War I, the Japanese Navy was tasked with pursuing and destroying the German East Asia Squadron and protecting shipping lanes for Allied trade in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. During this operation, Japanese naval forces captured German possessions in the Marana, Caroline, Marshall Islands, and Palau groups until October 1914. After the defeat of Germany in the First World War, Chuk was under the command of the League of Nations and became the property of the Japanese Empire.



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Meaning of Chowk (Track)


Chuuk means mountain in Chukchi language. Until 1990, the lagoon was mainly known as Truk (mispronounced Ruklcitation). Other names include Hogoleu, Torres, Ugulat, and Lugulus.


What is Trak Chowk Lagoon?


Truck Atoll was the main base of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. It was the site of a major U.S. attack during Operation Hail in February 1944, and Operation Prisoner, a small attack by British and Canadian forces in June 1945.


In 1944, Truk’s capacity as a Der Yi base was destroyed by air raids by the Der Yi Force. Alerted by intelligence a week before the US attack, the Japanese had moved their larger warships (heavy cruisers and aircraft carriers) to Palau.


When American forces occupied the Marshall Islands, they used them as a base for the early morning attack on Truk Lagoon on February 17, 1944. Operation Hailstone lasted three days, as American carrier-based aircraft sank twelve smaller Japanese warships (light cruisers, destroyers, and auxiliaries) and thirty-two merchant ships, and destroyed 275 aircraft, mostly on the ground. . The aftermath of this attack made “Toruk Lagoon become the largest ship graveyard in the world".


Attacks in most cases left Turks as a major threat to Allied operations in the central Pacific. The Japanese garrison at Anyotok was denied any real hope of reinforcements during the offensive that began on February 18, 1944, which helped the US forces conquer the island.


Truk was isolated by Allied forces (mainly the United States) as they continued their advance toward Japan, attacking other Pacific islands such as Guam, Saipan, Palau, and Iwo Jima. From June 12 to 16, 1945, again It was attacked by part of the British Pacific Fleet during Operation Inmate. Japanese forces on Truk and other central Pacific islands ran short of food and faced starvation before Japan’s surrender in August 1945.


When Uvik was sunk by Avenger torpedo bombers on February 18, 1944, there were nearly 700 crew members on board. Human survival, as seen in the image below, is only about one of these 700 people who did not survive the attack. In fact, only a few of the crew survived.


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Chuuk means mountain in Chukchi language


If you believe in ghosts, you might think that the Truk An Che Lagoon, now known since 1990 as the Chuk Lagoon, is haunted.


Now Truk Wetland, also known as Chowk Wetland, is the shipwreck capital of the world, and if you are interested in shipwrecks and shipwrecks in history, visiting Truk Wetland is a must for you.


Human remains of Toruk lagoon include human skull, leg bone and rib bone. Human remains can be found in three of the 48 wrecks in Truk Chowk Lagoon, including the Oike, Shinkoko Maru and Yamagiri wrecks. These are what remain of the more than 4,500 lives lost in the Truk Lagoon during Operation Hailstone in 1944.



After the World War, Truk Lagoon became the largest ship graveyard in the world


Start diving in Trak Lagoon (Chok)


It wasn’t until the late 1960s that recreational divers began diving in the area, and Jacques Cousteau filmed a documentary here in 1969 called Lagoon of Lost Ships.


Today, the Chowk lagoon has become an attractive destination for divers who come from all over the world to experience the well-preserved wrecks, which still contain large amounts of ancient artefacts.


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It was in the late 1960s that sport divers started diving in this area



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