At long last the USS Indianapolis found 18,000 feet below the Pacific

 
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At long last the USS Indianapolis found 18,000 feet below the Pacific

Interesting news coming out late yesterday:

A team of civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen discovered the cruiser's wreckage Friday on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, 18,000 feet below the surface. The discovery brings a measure of closure to one of most tragic maritime disasters in US naval history.

"To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role in ending World War II is truly humbling," Allen said.

"As Americans, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the crew for their courage, persistence and sacrifice in the face of horrendous circumstances. While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming."

For good or bad, the vast bulk of people probably know the Indianapolis and her harrowing tale from the movie Jaws, and it’s every bit as horrific as it sounds here:

Here’s an excellent documentary on the ship and her untimely demise:

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