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Paul Allen at it Again- USS Helena Found

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You heard that right, folks.

The guy who, so far, has found the wrecks of IJN Musashi, the USS Indianapolis, USS Ward, USS Lexington and USS Juneau, has now found the wreck of USS Helena

USS Helena wreckage

Above is the bow of the ship, with the designation CL-50 visible

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Above is the ship in 1943 shortly before her sinking. Note her designation on the bow.

USS Helena was a St. Louis-class light cruiser, commissioned 18 September 1939, and sunk during the Battle of Kula Gulf, 6 July 1943. She was one of only 3 US light cruisers lost in the war, the other two being Atlanta-class cruisers (Atlanta herself and the abovementioned Juneau)

Helena lies about 3,000 feet down in the New Georgia Sound, off the coast of the Solomons. She is of special interest here because she is soon to be the Tier VII US light cruiser in the upcoming split! :cap_yes:

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Somewhere, theres a rich explorer crossing another name off a long list

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2 minutes ago, Cruiser_SanJuan said:

Allen's on a roll

Quick, someone do this but with him and the ocean!

 

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1 hour ago, Chobittsu said:

Somewhere, there's a rich explorer crossing another name off a long list

Perhaps on his way home he'll pass close by a certain, somewhat isolated atoll, and see what he can see...

Just as a matter of curiosity, if it didn't smash itself to bits hitting the seafloor, Hamman can't be too terribly far from Yorktown, can it?

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7 minutes ago, Estimated_Prophet said:

Perhaps on his way home he'll pass close by a certain, somewhat isolated atoll, and see what he can see...

Just as a matter of curiosity, if it didn't smash itself to bits hitting the seafloor, Hamman can't be too terribly far from Yorktown, can it?

To be honest, I'm not so sure what would be left of her- maybe the bow? The depth charges on the stern went off as she sank, so that probably got blasted to pieces.

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27 minutes ago, SomemuttupNorth said:

To be honest, I'm not so sure what would be left of her- maybe the bow? The depth charges on the stern went off as she sank, so that probably got blasted to pieces.

If they were internally mounted (like Haida's storage) then yeah, there woulda been a lot of structural damage that would have multiplied as she sank through higher and higher pressures. If it was all on deck, then it might have been a bit less damaging, but no less significant

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That's incredible! Hats off to this guy for actually using his money for something interesting.

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May he knew where they were because he put them there! DUN DUN DUUUUUN!

 

But no, that's very cool. Must be nice to finally have a place to mourn your lost loved ones and to remember them

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...and still, nobody can find the SS Minnow.

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