The world’s deepest shipwreck has been discovered more than 22,600 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. It is a WWII US Navy destroyer.
The USS Destroyer Escort Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), known as the Sammy B, was located on Wednesday in the Philippine Sea.
The vessel went down during the Battle of Samar in the Philippine Sea in October 1944 after it was hit by Japanese fire.
The discovery was not made by the scientists but by Texas billionaire Victor Vescovo, who owns a deep-diving submersible.
On October 15, the Japanese tried to engage Allied navy forces off the coast of the Philippines, which were on their way west and away from the enemy fire line.
The Sammy B was one of the last remaining US ships and is known for its heroic stand against the Japanese, according to BBC.
The ship was outnumbered against the Japanese fleet but held its own until shells punctured through its walls, and it began to sink.
There were 224 men aboard the Sammy, but 89 were killed when it sank, and the rest floated in life rafts for 50 hours before being rescued.
‘It appears her bow hit the seafloor with some force, causing some buckling,’ he shared in a tweet.
‘Her stern also separated about 5 meters on impact, but the whole wreck was together.’
‘This small ship took on the finest of the Japanese Navy, fighting them to the end.’
‘The Sammy B is a small vessel as military ships go, and we weren’t sure that we could find her in the vast and extremely deep ocean where she went down,’ Vescovo told CNN.
‘But with perseverance, some great historical analysis, and a whole lot of deep ocean technology and hard work, we were able to find her and provide a great opportunity to tell her amazing story.’
It was the first ship to be named after coxswain Samuel Booker Roberts Jr, who enlisted in the Navy in 1939 and fought in WWII.
Roberts has the greatest honor of having three Navy ships named after him: DE 413; DD 823, a destroyer that took part in the first air strikes from a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier; and USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), the frigate that hit a mine during 1988’s Operation Earnest Will.