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Wreckage of Historic Warship USS Helena Found in South Pacific

The remains of the World War II era warship the USS Helena were discovered in late March by the expedition crew of entrepreneur Paul Allen’s R/V Petrel.

The USS Helena, sunk by Japanese torpedoes in July 1943, was found off the coast of the Solomon Islands on the sea floor of New Georgia Sound, at a depth of about 2822 feet (860 meters), according to a press release.

The USS Helena was one of three U.S. light cruiser warships to be sunk during World War II. The others were the USS Atlanta and the USS Juneau. They were found by Allen’s team in mid-March.


Credit: Paul G. Allen via Storyful