The Midway Lost Ships

The Lost Ships of Midway

In September 2023, more than 100 scientists from around the world watched as ROV Atalanta descended more than three miles down in the Pacific Ocean in search of the sunken aircraft carriers of the Battle of Midway. The battle, fought over four days in June 1945, was one of the most decisive engagements of the Pacific theater of World War II and gave the United States an advantage against the Japanese forces they had not enjoyed since the attack on Pearl Harbor the previous December. Five carriers—four Japanese and one U.S.—were sunk during the battle, yet only three have been found thus far. To see videos including excerpts of dives on these three carriers.

An image of Yorktown taken eight years before she was sunk during the Battle of Midway. (US Navy Archives)

An image of Yorktown taken eight years before she was sunk during the Battle of Midway. (US Navy Archives)

 

An underwater image showing the severe fire damage suffered by the Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier Kaga during the Battle of Midway. (Ocean Exploration Trust, NOAA)

An underwater image showing the severe fire damage suffered by the Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier Kaga during the Battle of Midway. (Ocean Exploration Trust, NOAA)

 

Kaga as she looked in 1930 before being retrofitted as an aircraft carrier. (Kure Maritime Museum)

Kaga as she looked in 1930 before being retrofitted as an aircraft carrier. (Kure Maritime Museum)

 

A view of the sunken remains of the Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier Akagi taken by ROV Atalanta some 16,000 feet down in the Pacific Ocean. (Ocean Exploration Trust, NOAA)

A view of the sunken remains of the Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carrier Akagi taken by ROV Atalanta some 16,000 feet down in the Pacific Ocean. (Ocean Exploration Trust, NOAA)

 

The retrofitted deck of the carrier Akagi as she looked In April 1942. (Kure Maritime Museum)

The retrofitted deck of the carrier Akagi as she looked In April 1942. (Kure Maritime Museum)

 

Related Posts

Galileo and the telescope

The invention of the telescope played an important role in advancing our understanding of Earth’s place in the cosmos. While there is evidence that the principals of telescopes were known in the late 16th century, the first telescopes were created in …

Egyptian rock crystal ring with a sphinx

The design and execution of the sphinx is masterful. It rests with its tail characteristically following the contour of its right, hind leg, around which it rests. Like most Egyptian sphinxes, the head of this example is covered by a nemes-headdress, …

Hunting Knife Combined with Wheellock Pistol, 1530

In the sixteenth century, wheellock pistols sometimes were combined with swords, knives, axes, maces, spears, and even crossbows, which could be used in the event the pistol misfired. Usually clumsy and impractical, combined weapons were nevertheless …

Coin (silver) from Syracuse, Greece around 466 BCE

Coin (silver) from Syracuse, Greece around 466 BCE A pair of intricately cut shoes that were found on a bog body from over 2,300 years ago Helmet made by Milanese armorer Filippo Negroli; 1543 Corsican vendetta knife with floral detail. The blade reads: …

Amazing staircase of Chantilly Castle

Located 40 kilometres north of Paris, in the Picardy region of France, this small town looks like it belongs to a fairytale. The Jewel in the crown of Domaine de Chantilly is the stunning 16th century Chateau, built for Anne de Montmorecy, and is undoubtedly …

1000 years ago some Viking lost in the lake his chest…

In 1936 Hugo Kraft was ploughing his field when found a strange encircled by an iron chain chest. It contained the largest collection of tools of this date so far found: iron working and carpenter’s tools, raw materials, un-finished products. His field …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *