After years of meticulous historical research and seafloor terrain analysis, it was an underwater "mountain goat" that ultimately found the wreck of one of history's most impressive battleships, the Musashi.
Researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, aboard Allen's motor yacht, the M.Y. Octopus, announced that they had located the imperial Japanese Navy battleship at a depth of approximately 3,280 feet (one kilometer) in Philippine waters on March 2. Japanese naval historian Kazushige Todaka confirmed its identification.
The 73,000-ton (66,224 metric tons) Musashi and sister ship Yamato were the largest battleships the world has ever known. Allied forces sunk the Musashi on October 24, 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, considered the largest naval battle of World War II and quite possibly the largest naval battle in history. Almost half of the Musashi's 2,399-man crew perished.
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