Deep sea exploration crew captures remarkable footage of World War II shipwreck

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Deep Sea Exploration Crew Captures Remarkable Footage Of World War II Shipwreck

For decades, it has been unclear what caused the SS Coast Trader, a U.S. cargo vessel, to go down near the western coast in 1942, notes the Global News.

Though officials attributed the sinking to an onboard boiler explosion, many believed an attack by Japan's navy was the actual cause.

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A recent investigation of the wreckage involving the E/V Nautilus and personnel from both the Ocean Exploration Trust and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has cleared up quite a bit about the incident.

On June 2, an underwater rover was sent down to the wreckage, which is located between the state of Washington and Vancouver Island, notes CBC News.

After inspecting the vessel, Jim Delgado, one of the researchers said, "You can see right down into the boiler flats, and they're intact. I've seen other torpedoed ships and this is definitely major damage and consistent with the damage of a Type 93 Japanese torpedo."

He also noted that other than the torpedo hole, the SS Coast Trader is largely intact.

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Deep sea exploration crew captures remarkable footage of World War II shipwreck
This shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken Friday. April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The unusually clear water allowed a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Traverse City, Mich., to get a view of normally obscured wreckage in an area where many ships foundered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The identity of the wreck in this photo wasn’t immediately known. (Petty Officer Mitch Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, for AP)This shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken Friday. April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The unusually clear water allowed a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Traverse City, Mich., to get a view of normally obscured wreckage in an area where many ships foundered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The identity of the wreck in this photo wasn’t immediately known. (Petty Officer Mitch Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, for AP)This shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken Friday. April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The unusually clear water allowed a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Traverse City, Mich., to get a view of normally obscured wreckage in an area where many ships foundered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The identity of the wreck in this photo wasn’t immediately known. (Petty Officer Mitch Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, for AP)This shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken Friday. April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The unusually clear water allowed a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Traverse City, Mich., to get a view of normally obscured wreckage in an area where many ships foundered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The identity of the wreck in this photo wasn’t immediately known. (Petty Officer Mitch Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, for
This shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken Friday. April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The unusually clear water allowed a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Traverse City, Mich., to get a view of normally obscured wreckage in an area where many ships foundered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The identity of the wreck in this photo wasn’t immediately known. (Petty Officer Mitch Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, for AP)
This shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken Friday. April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The unusually clear water allowed a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Traverse City, Mich., to get a view of normally obscured wreckage in an area where many ships foundered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The identity of the wreck in this photo wasn’t immediately known. (Petty Officer Mitch Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, for AP)This shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken Friday. April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The unusually clear water allowed a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Traverse City, Mich., to get a view of normally obscured wreckage in an area where many ships foundered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The identity of the wreck in this photo wasn’t immediately known. (Petty Officer Mitch Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, for AP)This shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken Friday. April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The unusually clear water allowed a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Traverse City, Mich., to get a view of normally obscured wreckage in an area where many ships foundered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The identity of the wreck in this photo wasn’t immediately known. (Petty Officer Mitch Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, for AP)This shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken Friday. April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The unusually clear water allowed a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Traverse City, Mich., to get a view of normally obscured wreckage in an area where many ships foundered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The identity of the wreck in this photo wasn’t immediately known. (Petty Officer Mitch Brown, U.S. Coast Guard, for
FILE - In a 2007, file photo provided by the NOAA, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a diver swims over the shipwreck Flint in Thunder Bay near Alpena, Mich. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is rolling out the buoys and starting another season of work on Lake Huron _ the highlight of which is searching for and studying shipwrecks. (NOAA/Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary via AP)
FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, a lifting crane on the deck of the hospital ship Centaur is seen underwater off Moreton Island on the Queensland coast in Australia. Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd condemned Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, the sinking of the Australian hospital ship by a Japanese submarine during World War II and denied a report he had been advised to avoid public comment on the issue that could hurt relations with Japan. (AP Photo/Bruce Long, File, Pool)
A large spotted eagle ray glides over the "Marker 39" wreck Wednesday, June 10, 2009 in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Fla., near Key Largo. A team of state underwater archaeologists will spend about two weeks mapping the site of the unknown wreck. In time they will also try to piece together what ship this was, its voyage and whether it should be nominated to get on the National Register of Historic Places. It is part of an ongoing effort to take an inventory of Florida's shipwrecks and artifacts, which number around 300 just off Key Largo alone. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
In this photo provided on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, debris from a shipwreck lays on the Indian Ocean floor, nearly 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) below the surface, off the west coast of Australia. Search crews hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the desolate waters off western Australia have discovered the wreck was of a cargo ship built in the mid-to-late 19th century, and could be one of hundreds lost during voyages across the Indian Ocean. (Fugro/The Australian Transport Safety Bureau via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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(GERMANY OUT) Wreckage of USS Saratoga, Marshall Islands, Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, Pacific Ocean (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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black-backed jackal at Eduard Boleyn shipwreck in the Namib Desert, Namibia, March 25, 2010 (Photo by: Jeremy Jowell/Majority World/UIG via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Superstructure of Kuda Giri Wreck, South Male Atoll, Maldives (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Ols Shipwreck at Silverbanks, Silver Bank, Atlantic Ocean, Dominican Republic (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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