Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

Musashi, Japanese ship, Paul Allen

Musashi, Japanese ship, Paul Allen

Musashi, Japanese ship, Paul Allen

Paul Allen who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates said Wednesday March 4, 2015 that he had found one of Japan's biggest and most renowned battleships sitting on a Philippine seabed. It was sank by American forces sank it during World War II 70 years ago.

Historians said that it was like finding the Titanic, and they praised Paul Allen for funding the high-tech mission to find the Musashi.

He posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the battleship Musashi, found by his M/Y Octopus exploration vessel one kilometre (1.6 miles) deep on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea.

On his Twitter he posted:
"World War II battleship Musashi sank 1944 is found"

"I am honoured to play a part in finding this key vessel in naval history and honouring the memory of the incredible bravery of the men who served aboard her," Allen said on his website. He also posted
Undersea footage that showed a valve, a catapult for planes, a gun turret and a starboard anchor.

It also showed the space on the bow for the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal which is a unique feature of the three biggest warships that Japan built during World War II, according to Kazushige Todaka, director of the Kure Maritime Museum in Japan.

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