Underwater expedition finds sunken warship
Underwater expedition finds sunken warship This image provided by Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live, shows the canopy of a Grumman Hellcat fighter aircraft seen in an aircraft elevator hatch on the sunken wreckage of the World War II-era aircraft carrier USS Independence, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, located half a mile under the sea in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the coast near San Francisco, Calif. (Ocean Exploration Trust/Nautilus Live via AP)
Underwater expedition finds sunken warship
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An underwater expedition along the California coast has revealed for the first time a sunken World War II-era aircraft carrier. It once was used in atomic tests in the Pacific.
 
The expedition was led by Robert Ballard. He is the famed oceanographer. The expedition captured the wreckage of the USS Independence. It was located half a mile under the sea. That is the area in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. This is off the coast of California.
 
Scientists were aboard the ocean research ship Nautilus. It lowered two unmanned submersibles to the ocean floor. The scientists also found a Hellcat fighter plane, anti-aircraft guns, hatches and the ship's name on the hull.
 
"What's so wonderful about the wrecks in deeper water, like this ship . . . is that they are in amazing states of preservation," Ballard said. "There's very little change."  The Navy scuttled the Independence in 1951.
 
"The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth," Ballard added.
 
Samples of marine life growing on the ship will be brought onboard the Nautilus. They will be tested for possible radioactivity. It would be left from the bomb tests. The samples also will be analyzed for the effects of climate change.
 
Scientists also plan to explore the wreckage of a historic steam yacht from 1886 and the freighter Dorothy Windermote. The exploration is part of the four-month expedition.
 
Earlier in August, the Nautilus team discovered a "googly eyed" stubby squid. They found it while combing the sea floor off the California coast. Video of the researchers delighting in the discovery became an Internet sensation.  To watch round-the-clock video of the expedition, visit www.nautiluslive.org.

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COMMENTS (29)
  • maggiep-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:45 a.m.

    this is awesome

  • markw1-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:46 a.m.

    If it was one mile under the sea than how could they not have found it. And the ship was not that deep. And how could they have found it.Was it on purpose or was it an accident.

  • cardeiniand-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:47 a.m.

    in this story i found a man named robert ballard.robert was a famous oceangrapher that found a sunken air craft from world war 2 era and it was near the coast of californai.a research ship send 2 man to the bottom of the ocean they found anti air craft gun.

  • skylerhyatt-bak
    9/08/2016 - 04:14 p.m.

    Cool article. I wish you would add more info on the Hellcat fighter plane.

  • stanley-war
    9/16/2016 - 10:16 a.m.

    This article is interesting because I like sunken ships they interest me. and to think that there was a huge hidden aircraft carrier not far from California. and no one found it confuses me.

  • willb1-pel
    10/05/2016 - 10:36 a.m.

    the plane was found with a ship because when it crash it hit the ship and the ship sunk with it.

  • willa-pel
    10/05/2016 - 10:38 a.m.

    A plane was found with the ship because it was a World War-II era aircraft carrier.

  • alexisa1-pel
    10/05/2016 - 10:39 a.m.

    A plane was found with a ship because it was once used in atomic test in the pacific.

  • prestonj-pel
    10/05/2016 - 10:45 a.m.

    There was a plane found with the ship because the ship was a world war II aircraft carrier.

  • briannar-pel
    10/05/2016 - 10:51 a.m.

    They have been in battling each other and they hit each other and fell in the water.

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