Yamato Battleship Wreck : In Pictures

The Imperial Japanese Navy built the Yamato to be the greatest battleship ever, now she lays beneath the sea.

Yamato Battleship Wreck : In Pictures Yamato was the lead ship of her class of battleships. Yamato was built for the Imperial Japanese Navy shortly before the second world war.

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25 mm Anti Aircraft Gun

Yamato and her sister ship, Musashi, were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed. Moreover, displacing 72,800 tonnes at full load and armed with nine 46 cm Type 94 main guns.

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18” Shells

Which were the largest guns ever mounted on a ship.

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Her final mission was to relieve the Japanese forces at Okinawa.

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bulbous bow

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Furthermore, Yamato was still more than 300 nautical miles from Okinawa when she went down.

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155 mm Turret (inverted)
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Backside of Inverted Turret

Moreover, nearly 400 US aircraft found her and her escort ships without air cover.

Combined with Yamato, about 4,242 Japanese sailors gave their lives for the emperor on 7 April, 1945.

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Yamato’s Deck Today
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Yamato’s Propellers
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Propellers & Shaft

The Kure Maritime Museum in Japan shows a documentary on Yamato.

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Yamato’s Mast
https://www.jmsdf-kure-museum.go.jp/en/
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127 mm mount

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And these marvelous pictures are a part of the documentary.

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Yamato’s main turret
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Yamato’s Main Turret Interior

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Main Turret Interior Continued
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Roller For Main Turret

The Kure Maritime Museum is one of the best Naval museums anywhere on the planet!

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Yamato’s Main Turret During Fitting Out
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Japan does a great job of preserving their history.

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Bow of Yamato

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Lastly, the Japanese battleship Mikasa is preserved as a museumship in Japan and is one of the best examples of a pre-dreadnought battleship anywhere in the world!

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