Intact Ghost Ship Discovered Off the Coast Of Hawaii

The ghost ship, USS Kailua has been discovered at approximately 32 kilometers or 20 miles off the coast of the sunny, picturesque beaches of the, Hawaiian island, Oahu. The ship was noted to be upright and well-preserved, 333 fathoms beneath the inviting tropical waters of the pacific ocean.

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The near immaculate condition of the motionless and solitary vessel shocked experts. The doomed ship had been resting quietly on the seabed for nearly 7 decades, its mast remained tall, its wheel still in place, nothing much had changed as the world changed around it.

The discovery was made by two teams of researchers, one squad hailing from the University of Hawaii and the other from NOAA’s office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Although the location of the USS Kailua was discovered sometime last year, its discovery was not publicly announced until, December 5, of this year.

The history of the USS Kailua, began under a different name, in a different time and in a distant corner of the world. The ship first hit the high seas in 1923, from a port in Chester Pennsylvania. On its maiden voyage it was known as the Dickenson, a maintenance vessel for the Commercial Pacific Cable Company, used to lay and repair telecommunication cables sitting on the ocean floor. From the time of its departure, until  1941, the ship continued to perform its routine duties as a commercial ship, serving the telecommunication cables, freighting goods, supplies and people.

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On the days leading up to December 7, 1941, the ship was chartered to evacuate a crew of English employees, working for Cable and Wireless Ltd., a British telecommunications company, stationed on Fanning island. The enclave was speculated to be a target and possibly a subject to an attack from Axis and Nazi troops. On the morning of, December 7, 1941, the Dickenson, after successfully accomplishing the exodus of English civilians, pulled into Pearl Harbor, as it was engulfed in the flames of war.

In 1942 the ship was commandeered by the, U.S Navy, and used to patrol the Pacific waters as the war-ship, USS Kailua.

At the end of World War II, the ship no longer held any type of significant use, during this point in the ships life it was re-purposed yet again, but as target practice. In February of 1946 the ship was intentionally sunk by torpedoes deployed from a U.S Navy submarine.

The USS Kailua’s watery grave is considered to be a historic site and is planned to be nominated for a position, in the National Register of Historic Places.

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