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Perfectly preserved 'ghost ship' from 1923

USS Kailua


By Mark Prigg - Mail Online

Divers have uncovered a preserved 'ghost ship' in 2,000 feet of water nearly 20 miles off the coast of Oahu in Hawaii.

Sitting upright, its solitary mast still standing and the ship's wheel still in place, the hulk of the former cable ship Dickenson, later the USS Kailua, was found on the seabed.

Experts were stunned to find the ship was surprisingly intact for a vessel that was sunk with a torpedo.

Researchers from the University of Hawai'i (UH) and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries today revealed the ship was found by a robotic submersible. 

It is always a thrill when you are closing in on a large sonar target with the Pisces submersible and you don't know what big piece of history is going to come looming out of the dark, said Terry Kerby, the submersible pilot.

One of our first views of the USS Kailua was the classic helms wheel on the fantail. 


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