Images of the deepest shipwreck in the world
Using a submersible, researchers were able to explore the remains of the USS Johnston, an American destroyer that sank during World War II at a depth of 6,400 meters. The USS Johnston sank on October 25, 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
The USS Johnston sank on October 25, 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
It's been so wonderful to share the story of the USS Johnston with so many people. Her crew and Captain, Ernest Evans – the first Native American in the Navy to be awarded the Medal of Honor, were extraordinarily heroic. Here's video from the dive and the bridge they fought from. pic.twitter.com/rAfEh78VJv
— Victor Vescovo (@VictorVescovo) April 4, 2021
Just completed the deepest wreck dive in history, to find the main wreckage of the destroyer USS Johnston. We located the front 2/3 of the ship, upright and intact, at a depth of 6456 meters. Three of us across two dives surveyed the vessel and gave respects to her brave crew. pic.twitter.com/N1AuzHIi0b
— Victor Vescovo (@VictorVescovo) April 1, 2021
Using the submersible DSV Limiting Factor, spectacular images of the USS Johnston, the world’s deepest shipwreck, could be explored and obtained through the private ocean expedition company Caladan Oceanic. Despite her time and depth, the destroyer is in very good condition, with many parts of her still recognizable. Her hull remains intact and looking for condition, and the turrets, the command bridge and the number 557 can be distinguished on one of the sides. The USS Johnston sank on October 25, 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, where she faced Japanese forces. Of the 327 members of her crew, only 141 survived the bloody naval battle that lasted for several days.