Philanthropist and entrepreneur, Paul G. Allen, and his research team will broadcast a live-stream tour of the wreckage of the Japanese battleship Musashi, found by Paul Allen’s 126m motor yacht Octopus earlier this month. The event will start at 9 a.m. PHT/10 a.m. JPT, Friday, March 13, 2015.
The tour will offer the first-ever complete view of the sunken ship – one of the most renowned and technologically advanced battleships in history. Viewers will experience more than an hour of exclusive footage of the battleship, including details such as the bow and stern sections, and the main conning tower. The tour will be conducted using the same state-of-the-art Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) that was used to discover the Musashi.
Musashi was discovered on March 2, 2015, by Paul G. Allen’s underwater research team. The team utilized historical records from four countries, detailed undersea topographical data and advanced technology aboard Mr. Allen’s mega yacht Octopus, built by Lurssen to a design by Espen Oeino in 2003. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II, and the finding of the battleship is a significant milestone in the annals of naval history.
Statement from Paul G. Allen: “After eight years of diligent research, locating the Musashi was a meaningful moment for me and my team. We are proud to have played a role in finding this key vessel in naval history and are honored to share it with the survivors, the families of those who perished and the world.”