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A research team led by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen has located a Japanese battleship that was considered one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced warships when it was sunk off the Philippines during World War II, according to the expedition's web site
Using an underwater vehicle, the team aboard Allen's superyacht M/Y Octopus found the Musashi Sunday in the Sibuyan Sea.
The search vehicle, using high-resolution cameras, spotted the 73,000-ton battleship on its third dive, the statement said.
U.S. Navy Task Force 38 aircraft attack the Japanese battleship Musashi (foreground) and a destroyer in the Sibuyan Sea, 24 October 1944.
Prior to construction, Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard Number 2 slipway at Nagasaki was expanded with two floating cranes 150 and 350 metric tons capacity to facilitate the construction of a new class of battleship. Laid down on March 29, 1938 as unnamed "Battleship No. 2". Construction began under the strictest of security, including the erection of large screens to hide the construction from the U.S. consulate across the bay.
On May 20, 1938, two Martin 139WC bombers in Chinese markings manned by Chinese crews took from Hankow, China overflew Nagasaki at night, dropping leaflets and taking pictures. Over Nagasaki they photograph this battleship under construction.
Launched on November 1, 1940 from No. 2 slipway. As soon as she is in the water, the Kasuga Maru was towed alongside the battleship to block her silhouette from any foreign observers.
Commissioned on August 5, 1942. Named Musashi (武蔵) after the ancient Japanese Musashi Province, second and final ship of the Yamato Class Battleship, the largest and most heavily armed and armored class of battleships ever constructed. Her sister ship and first built was Yamato.
originally posted by: BASSPLYR
Great find! She was a good looking ship.
Hey I tried looking but didn't find it. Anybody know what depth she's resting at? Always fascinated by that sort of stuff.
The Musashi. Great name. I know it's named after the province. But I wonder if the real inspiration was from Miyamoto Musashi- the greatest Japanese swordsman ever and one of the worlds greatest tactical geniuses.