After being lost at sea for more than 70 years following World War II, the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, claims to have found wreckage of Japan’s WWII Battleship Musashi at the bottom of Sibuyan Sea, according to the Daily Mail.
Allen announced Tuesday via Twitter that he and his research team had finally discovered WWII battleship Musashi after an eight-year search.
Paul Allen tweeted, “WW2 Battleship Musashi sank 2944 is FOUND” as well as “RIP crew of Musashi, appx 1023 lost. The pic of the valve1st confirmation of Japanese origin.”
Along with his Twitter announcement, he posted photos of the rusting battleship submerged under water.
After Allen found the wreckage of one of the biggest and heaviest battleships during World War II, he released the following statement to the press.
“Since my youth, I have been fascinated with World War II history, inspired by my father’s service in the U.S. Army. The Musashi is truly an engineering marvel and, as an engineer at heart, I have a deep appreciation for the technology and effort that went into its construction. I am honored to play a part in finding this key vessel in naval history and honoring the memory of the incredible bravery of the men who served aboard her.”
The 62-year-old was so dedicated to finding the Musashi battleship that he used his own submarine to locate the ship and stopped at nothing until it was found. Although there were a few setbacks due to bad weather, he and his research team still continued with their search, according to the Mirror.
The battleship Musashi – weighing 73,000 tons – foundered on October 24, 1944 during World War II, which is known as the “deadliest war in history,” according to History.
When the battleship sank after it was “hit by torpedoes and bombs,” according to NBC News, it took the lives of more than 1,000 people onboard – mostly men. Paul Allen was elated to have discovered the ship that was more than 1.6 miles underwater so that the families who lost their loved ones in the war could have closure.
Although Allen has announced that he has found Japan’s WWII battleship Musashi, it has not been confirmed, nor has any branch of the Philippine been notified of the discovery of one of their ships.
What do you think of Paul Allen’s discovery of WWII Battleship Musashi? Could the ghostly image of a rusting ship submerged 1.6K miles below the surface really be of the battleship that sank more than 70 years ago?
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