A Microsoft co-founder has found the wreck of a lost WWII Japanese battleship

Lost for 71 years.
Lost for 71 years.
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The Musashi is one of the one of the biggest warships ever constructed, built by the Japanese Imperial Navy in 1942 at the height of World War II. It was sunk by the US Navy in 1944 (paywall) and been lost ever since, until now.

Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, announced he and his team had found the wreck earlier this week in the waters of the Sibuyan Sea, near the Philippines, at a depth of 1,000 meters (3,281 feet). His team released new footage of the wreck:

The ship and its sister, the Yamato, were the “heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed,” Allen said. The Musashi weighed 73,000 tons fully loaded. Half of the crew—around 1,023 people—were killed when the ship sank during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.