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World’s deepest shipwreck found — Analysis

The destroyer ‘Sammy B’ has been found almost 7 kilometers below the ocean surface

Samuel B. Roberts, the US Navy’s destroyer, was discovered at almost 7 km (4.3 mi) under the ocean surface. This makes it the most deep-sea shipwreck found. Victor Vescovo, a billionaire oceanographer, announced this on Twitter.

“With sonar specialist Jeremie Morizet, I piloted the submersible Limiting Factor to the wreck of the Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413). It is the longest shipwreck to be found and survey at 6895 metres. It was indeed the ‘destroyer escort that fought like a battleship,’”He wroteOn Friday.

A torpedo rack, “undeniably from the USS Samuel B Roberts,”Vescovo, the owner, discovered it June 18th by Jeremie Mizet (sonar specialist) and Tim Macdonald (pilot). revealed earlier.

The ‘Sammy B,’ launched in January, 1944, was sunk just a few months later, in the Battle of Samar in the Philippines which is often referred to as one of the greatest last stands in naval history. This destroyer belonged to a small US navy that, despite being outnumbered, was unprepared and managed to adjust to the situation and contain a stronger Japanese force. Out of the 224 men on board Samuel B Roberts, only 89 died.

“We like to say that steel doesn’t lie and that the wrecks of these vessels are the last witnesses to the battles that they fought,”Vescovo is an ex-Navy officer and spoke to BBC News.

Photographs taken by the Limiting Factor depict the ship’s structure, guns and torpedo tube as well holes created from Japanese shells.

“The Sammy B engaged the Japanese heavy cruisers at point blank range and fired so rapidly it exhausted its ammunition; it was down to shooting smoke shells and illumination rounds just to try to set fires on the Japanese ships, and it kept firing. The act was an amazing feat of heroics. Those men – on both sides – were fighting to the death,” Vescovo said.

Vescovo has set a number of new records with the discovery of the most extensive shipwreck yet found. He piloted the submersible of the ocean explorer to the USS Johnston, which was also destroyed during the Battle of Samar. There were two separate eight-hour dives. “constituted the deepest wreck dives, manned or unmanned, in history.”

Later that year, Vescovo completed dives to all four of the world’s 10,000-meter trenches.

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