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Shipwreck Discovered 6,865 Feet Below The Philippine Sea

Explorers discovered the remains of a US Navy ship last month which has broken the world record for the deepest shipwreck, according to a release by Guinness World Records.

The ship has been identified as the John C Butler-class destroyer USS Samuel B Roberts and which was lost during the Second World War.

The ship was found 6,865 metres below the sea’s surface, near Samar, the Philippines’ third-largest island.

The destroyer was involved in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. According to some nautical historians, this was the biggest naval combat ever fought because it was a flashpoint in the larger Battle of Leyte Gulf, which was fought near the end of World War II in October 1944, between the US and Japanese navies.

The destroyer is about as below sea level as the highest mountain in South America, Aconcagua, according to Guinness World Records. In another comparison, the vertical distance is equal to eight Burj Khalifas, the highest skyscraper in the world, or a stack of 20 Eiffel Towers, the record-keeping body further said.

The US Naval ship is apparently nearly double as deep as the infamous RMS Titanic, located in the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 3,800 metres.

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