Researchers from the United States sank to a depth of 6.4 km and photographed the sunken ship “Johnston”. It sank during World War II.
Researchers descended on the USS Johnston, which sank on October 25, 1944 after battling the Japanese during World War II. The ship, about 115 m long and 12 m wide, sank during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history.
The wreckage was first discovered in 2019 off the coast of Samar Island in the Philippines. At that time, the remotely controlled device recorded parts of the sunken ship, but could not reach the deepest parts of it.
The vessel sank to a depth of 6456 m, which is about fifteen Empire State Buildings. The researchers sank to the ship for eight hours. This is the longest piloting to a shipwreck site in the history of science.
The researchers took high-resolution images of the ship. They were also able to capture the bow, bridge and midsection of the ship, which were deeper than the rest of the ship. Hull numbered “557” can still be seen on both sides of the bow; turrets of guns, double torpedo racks and many gun mounts are also preserved. They did not find any human remains or their clothes.
“We were able to observe the size of the debris and the severe damage done during the intense battle on the surface,” the researchers noted. “It took fire from the largest warship in the world – the battleship of the Imperial Yamato – and fiercely resisted it.”