A ship was found approximately 20 miles from the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. The “ghost ship” was discovered by a team of researchers working with the University of Hawaii’s Marine Heritage Program.
The ship found lying at the bottom of the ocean appears to have been serving as a cable ship between Hawaii and Midway almost 70 years ago. It is said that the history of the ship is pretty well documented. Apparently the ship was called the USS Dickenson before it was taken by the U.S Navy to become a practice target for torpedoes. The ship and its location was forgotten about when it was sunk in 1946.
To everyone’s surprise several parts of the boat were still intact, even if it was hit by a torpedo during World War II, including the ships steering wheel, reports say. The ship was discovered on December 5 by a small submersible vehicle.
Terry Kerby, a submersible pilot with the University of Hawaii’s Undersea Research Laboratory said: “The upper deck structures from the bow to the stern were well preserved and showed no sign of torpedo damage.”
The USS Dickenson transported supplies between the remote Midway and Fanning Islands from 1923 to 1941. After December 7, 1941, after the tragedy at Pearl Harbor, the Dickenson was converted to a emergency ship used to evacuate employees of the telecommunications company Cable and Wireless Ltd, from Midway Island. Some evacuees have reported seeing a submarine following the ship before U.S Navy ships scared it off.
Hans Van Tilburg, a researcher with the maritime heritage program in the National Oceanic and Apmospheric Administration’s Office of Marine Sanctuaries, said: “ From her interisland service to her role in the Pacific communications and then World War II, Dickenson today is like a museum exhibit resting in the darkness.”
The ship was discovered by researchers at 2.000 feet, still standing upright. Researchers that found the ship stated that it was a thrill when they were getting close to the target picked up by their sonars. And to their surprise, they found a piece of history. Also, the researchers say that it was easy to identify the ship by its navy number, IX-71, since the ship was almost intact.
The wreck of the ship is the property of the U.S Government and is protected as federal property, so there are no hopes for a return to the site or any recovery of the ship.
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