Investigators have discovered the wreckage of the US warship USS Samuel B Roberts, which sank off the Philippine coast during World War II at a depth of nearly 7,000 meters. According to the American company Caladan Oceanic, the wreck is the deepest wreck ever found. By comparison, the “Titanic” is about 4000 meters deep.
The US Navy destroyer sank on October 5, 1944 in a naval battle with the Japanese Navy off the Philippine island of Samar. The Philippines was then an American colony and the US Navy was fighting against the Japanese invaders.
The ship’s battered hull, also known as “Sammy B,” has now been filmed, photographed and examined by a crewed submarine during several dives, the Texas company disclosed. You can see the torpedo launcher and the cannon support of the ship.
“With a depth of 6,895 meters, it is now the deepest shipwreck ever found and explored,” tweeted Victor Vescovo, the founder of Caladan Oceanic, which piloted the submarine. “This little ship took on the best of the Japanese Navy and fought them to the very end.”
The Battle of Samar was part of the larger Naval Battle of Leyte, in which the Japanese Navy fought the US Navy for days to repel an Allied invasion of the Philippines. The Sammy B was one of four American ships sunk on October 25, 1944. Of the 224 crew members, 89 were killed.
So far, the “USS Johnston”, which lies at a depth of almost 6,500 meters, has been considered the deepest shipwreck ever found in the world. It had also been reached by Vescovo’s team in 2021. The research team had also recently searched for the wreck of the “USS Gambier Bay”, which is believed to be more than 7,000 meters deep, but to no avail.
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