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USS Lexington shipwreck found

Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:38 pm

The USS Lexington has been found again. She was scuttled in 1942 after having been attacked by the Japanese Imperial Navy.

The footage that has been released show the ship and at least some aircraft were preserved in remarkable condition.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-K-V_ah6IIs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... ally-found
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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:50 am

The photos and video are amazing.

https://www.paulallen.com/uss-lexington ... rv-petrel/

Paul Allen is my hero for doing this kind of stuff with his money. So much history that's being uncovered.

His team has found wrecks from several of the most significant battles of World War II, now adding the Battle of the Coral Sea to the list with having discovered the final resting place of the Lady Lex. I wonder if his team's technology is capable of searching at depths of around 25,000 feet? It'd be amazing if they could find any wrecks from the Battle off Samar. The wrecks of the Johnston, Hoel, Samuel B. Roberts, Gambier Bay, St. Lo, Choukai, Chikuma, and Suzuya are all down there in the Philippine Trench.
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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:01 pm

That is remarkable. Very interesting video.
 
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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:35 pm

R/V Petrel has a Facebook page, it has a lot of pictures there of the aircraft that have been located.

7 x Douglas TBD-1 Devastators, 3 x Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless and 1 x Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat have been found.

https://www.facebook.com/rvpetrel/
 
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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:32 pm

Yeah, they've been putting out sets of pictures each of the last few days.

I'm amazed at the knowledge some folks have of this stuff, based on the comments.
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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:58 pm

They just posted 10 more photos of the aircraft they've found. https://www.facebook.com/rvpetrel/
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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:46 pm

Paul Allens team is on a roll. Located USS Juneau on St Patricks Day. Juneau was sunk at Guadalcanal. Juneau is the ship the 5 Sullivan Brothers were aboard when they were killed.

Video here of the stern as the team picks out the name.

https://youtu.be/-TrPylyJRBg
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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:27 pm

They could spend a few days in that area and stumble across plenty more American and Japanese wrecks from the plethora of naval engagements around the time of the Guadalcanal campaign.
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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:44 pm

cjg225 wrote:
They could spend a few days in that area and stumble across plenty more American and Japanese wrecks from the plethora of naval engagements around the time of the Guadalcanal campaign.

True. It isn't called ironbottom sound for nothing.
 
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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:21 pm

A lot of people in the comment sections of the Facebook posts are saying things like they hope the team goes to find X ship for no particular reason. Probably lots of Kantai Collection players, based on the cover images I see for a lot of their accounts.

One thing that would be nice is publicly-released images of some shipwrecks that are already known, so they don't have to go searching for them. Apparently, a few weeks ago, a Japanese firm located what they believe to be the wreckage of the IJN Hiei. Maybe strike a deal with Paul Allen to have the Petrel, already in the area, go over to take a look at what their SONAR found. The wreck of the IJN Kirishima, probably, was found years ago, but I don't recall that it was ever definitively identified other than by comparing images taken by Robert Ballard's crew with testimony of the crew of the USS Washington and the damage control officer of the Kirishima. There was apparently talk that it could've been the Hiei since the Hiei and her younger sister Kirishima were lost very close to each other.
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Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:46 am

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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:13 pm

zanl188 wrote:

These guys are awesome. This voyage or series of voyages for them has been amazingly successful.
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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:48 pm

cjg225 wrote:
These guys are awesome. This voyage or series of voyages for them has been amazingly successful.


I don’t recall if it was mentioned up thread or not but Allen’s team found the C-2 that crashed as well. 14000 ft down as I recall.

They are on a roll.....
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Re: USS Lexington shipwreck found

Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:33 pm

zanl188 wrote:

I don’t recall if it was mentioned up thread or not but Allen’s team found the C-2 that crashed as well. 14000 ft down as I recall.

They are on a roll.....

Yes, I believe that that is correct.

On Facebook, the RV Petrel account commented that they've mapped almost all of Ironbottom Sound and have a list of things they want to investigate visually.
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