Yesterday, February 12th, 2019, we covered one of the most exciting artifact finds. The late Paul Allen’s exploration company Vulcan Inc. used their famed submarine called RV Petrel to find USS Hornet which sank 77 years ago.
The company initially released just a few pictures but has now opened its floodgates on social media. You can find over a dozen never before seen photos of the ship below.
The finding of this ship is significant because the ship itself made a difference in World War II. USS Hornet (CV-8) was launched in 1940 as a Yorktown-class aircraft carrier and was sent off to fight in the Pacific Theater.
She fought nobly during the war taking major roles in both the Battle of Midway and the launch of the Doolittle Raid but was eventually struck on October 27th, 1942. During heavy fighting, Hornet was targeted by Japanese dive bombers, many of which scored major hits on both the hull and the bridge.
She eventually succumbed to her damage, sinking into the Pacific and taking 140 of the crew with her. The remaining survivors were picked up by surrounding ships.
Here’s what she looks like now.
In case you missed the initial report from yesterday, we’ve also included a news clip of the find as it was aired on CBS This Morning.