By Nicky Woolf, The Guardian

Researchers at the University of Hawaii have discovered a miraculously preserved “ghost ship” on the seabed off Oahu, alongside the wrecks of several Japanese submarines.

The “ghost ship”, as the researchers who discovered the vessel have called it, rests more than 600 metres below the surface 20 miles from the island of Oahu, where it has lain for more than 60 years. The ship is resting upright on the ocean floor; all its upper deck structures remain intact. Even its mast is still erect.

Before it was sunk as a torpedo target for submarines in 1946, the ship was known as the USS Kailua. Before that, it was the Dickenson, built for the Commercial Pacific Cable Company as a layer of submarine cables.

The Dickenson was chartered by the US navy during the second world war, servicing submarine nets and service cables. After the war, no longer needed by either the cable company or the navy, it was sunk by torpedo for target practice.

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