In just a few hours from now, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his team of researchers will broadcast a live-stream tour of the wreckage of the Japanese battleship Musashi, one of the heaviest and most powerful battleships ever constructed. The event will begin at 9 p.m. EDT Thursday, March 12 – that’s today!. The live stream can be found at http://musashi.paulallen.com/. Don’t worry, a replay of the stream is still available.
The previously long-lost Japanese battleship was sunk during WWII with the loss of over 1,000 Japanese sailors. Its wreckage was discovered by Allen and his team on March 2, 2015 in Sibuyan Sea at a depth of more than 1 kilometer.
Commissioned in 1942, the Musashi was part of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Yamato-class. At 73,000 tons fully loaded, the Musashi and sister-ship Yamato are the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed. The ships were equipped with 460mm (18 inch) guns, the largest ever mounted on a warship.
According to Allen’s website:
Viewers will experience more than an hour of exclusive footage of the battleship, including details such as the bow and stern sections, and the bridge. The tour will be conducted using the same state-of-the-art Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) that was used to discover the Musashi.