A manned submersible filmed, photographed and inspected the damaged hull of the USS Samuel B Roberts during a series of eight-day dives, Texas-based underwater technology company Caladan Oceanic said.
theB”,”text”:”SammyB”}}’>Sammy B sank during a battle off the island of Samar on October 25, 1944, when American forces attempted to liberate the Philippines, then a colony of the United States under Japanese occupation.
Footage released shows the three tubes of a torpedo launcher and the ship’s gun mount.
meters, it is now the deepest boat wreck ever located and studied”,”text”:”Sitting at 6895 meters, it is now the deepest boat wreck ever located and studied” }}”>Resting at 6895 meters, it is now the deepest shipwreck ever located and studiedtweeted Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo, who piloted the submersible.
” This little ship has taken on the best elements of the Japanese Navy, fighting them to the bitter end. »
According to US Navy records, the crew of the Sammy B
floated for almost three days waiting to be rescued, with many survivors succumbing to their injuries and shark attacks. Of the 224 crew members, 89 died.
The event took place during the Battle of Leyte, which saw intense fighting between Japanese and American forces for several days.
The Sammy B was one of four American ships sunk on October 25, 1944.
Mr. Vescovo’s team had already spotted the USS Johnston in 2021, which rests at nearly 6,500 meters and was the deepest known wreck until then.
The team is also looking for the USS Gambier Bay more than 7,000 meters deep, but has yet to locate it.
For comparison, the wreck of the Titanic lies almost 4000 meters deep.