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USS Lexington, CV-2, Wreck Located

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Sometime yesterday RV Petrel made contact with the wreck of USS Lexington, in the Coral Sea at a depth of around 3,000 meters. She appears to be upright on the bottom, with part of her name visible. 


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Cool. Didn;t realise she hadn;t been located yet TBH.

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Nice, nice. Thanks for posting.

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19 minutes ago, TheGreyGhost91 said:

Sometime yesterday RV Petrel made contact with the wreck of USS Lexington, in the Coral Sea at a depth of around 3,000 meters. She appears to be upright on the bottom, with part of her name visible. 


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Incredible, wonder what we shall find next.

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2 minutes ago, Fog_Repair_Ship_Akashi said:

Incredible, wonder what we shall find next.

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Hmm. I wonder if her hull is completely intact? That would be neat.

I'd love to see some of the Japanese CVs from Midway located - didn't they find, like, a chunk of the flightdeck of one of them in the 1990s or something during a Navy survey?

Another notable missing ship is Kongo - she kind of drifted off and sank, so the coordinates are unknown. 

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Just now, Battlecruiser_Kongo said:

I'd love to see some of the Japanese CVs from Midway located - didn't they find, like, a chunk of the flightdeck of one of them in the 1990s or something during a Navy survey?

That actually could be interesting, mainly do to the potential find that could be made. Mainly the Japanese Pearl Harbor footage, due to the Kido Butai's constant action after the attack the film was never unloaded just put in fireproof deep storage. Combine that with the cold water they sank too it is actually potentially possible for the film to have survived, unlikely on Akagi or Souryu but possible on Kaga and Hiryu.

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3 minutes ago, Battlecruiser_Kongo said:

Kongo

hmm I wonder why you would what to know where that is

 

(P.S. this is sarcasm)

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22 minutes ago, Carl said:

Cool. Didn;t realise she hadn;t been located yet TBH.

realized to late I typed in wrong thread...

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Just now, Fog_Repair_Ship_Akashi said:

fireproof deep storage

was it waterproof though because salt water is corrosive ant the quality of the stuff  films were made of back then wasn't to great

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11 minutes ago, injunmick said:

Wow, thanks for the tip, hope this works...

 

Jeez, look at how sharp the paint is on that plane!

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7 minutes ago, Battlecruiser_Kongo said:

Jeez, look at how sharp the paint is on that plane!

Yeah, looking that sharp after 75 years underwater. The plane looks like a Devastator torpedo bomber.

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Holy cow, the Felix the Cat insignia is still visible! And check out the kill marks! I sure hope the aircraft wrecks can be recovered for preservation, especially the TBD Devastator because none survive today.

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1 minute ago, Wolcott said:

Holy cow, the Felix the Cat insignia is still visible! I sure hope the aircraft wrecks can be recovered for preservation, especially the TBD Devastator because none survive today.

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Well, Allen would be the guy to do it. He owns no less than 2 air museums in and around Seattle. If there was a wealthy, eccentric type to pull a semi-intact, ultra-rare plane off the seabed, he's at the top the list. But, hey, he's richer than God - maybe he could just raise the whole ship? :P

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33 minutes ago, skull_122_steel said:

was it waterproof though because salt water is corrosive ant the quality of the stuff  films were made of back then wasn't to great

Cold water greatly slows down any chemical reactions and at that depth there is little to no oxygen, so it is possible that they survived. 

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man, we've stared finding ALOT of old warship wreck lately, and theyre in surprisingly good shape considering how long some of them have been down there too, like that plane, it still looks to be in decent shape for being under water for probably 60 or 70+ years, far from perfect, but still completely recognizable as a plane

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This quote from one of Lexington's officers as she sank comes to mind (and gives me shivers):

"There she goes. She didn't turn over. She's going down with her head up. Dear old Lex...a lady to the last."

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1 hour ago, Fog_Repair_Ship_Akashi said:

Incredible, wonder what we shall find next.

The opening in the deep sea where the aliens emerge from in their saucers. They live inside the earth. :Smile_popcorn:

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4 minutes ago, Battlecruiser_Kongo said:

This quote from one of Lexington's officers as she sank comes to mind (and gives me shivers):

"There she goes. She didn't turn over. She's going down with her head up. Dear old Lex...a lady to the last."

The old pics taken when she was starting to go down with sailors crowding the flight deck are fascinating.....and now THERE she is.  Wow.  Most got off. Correct?

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2 minutes ago, dmckay said:

The old pics taken when she was starting to go down with sailors crowding the flight deck are fascinating.....and now THERE she is.  Wow.  Most got off. Correct?

According to wikipedia "Some 216 crewmen were killed and 2,735 were evacuated."

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