Paul Allen Unearths WW2 Japanese Battleship Musashi on board Motor Yacht OCTOPUS

On a recent expedition with a team of researchers on board his 126m motor yacht OCTOPUS, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen discovered the remains of the famous WW2 Japanese battleship Musashi. One of the most imposing and advanced ships in naval history, Allen captured the incredible footage above from his yacht's Octo ROV.

Found at depths of almost 1,000 metres using extensive historical records and superyacht OCTOPUS's state-of-the-art technology, Paul Allen and his team members discovered the wreckage of the largest battleship in naval history near the Philippines in the Sibuyan Sea. Located following 8 years of searching on 2 March 2015, her discovery coincides with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. 

At 73,000 tonnes fully loaded, with eighteen-inch armour plating and was armed with nine eighteen-inch guns - the largest ever mountain on a vessel. 

Paul Allen commented, “The Musashi is truly an engineering marvel and, as an engineer at heart, I have a deep appreciation for the technology and effort that went into its construction. I am honoured to play a part in finding this key vessel in naval history and honouring the memory of the incredible bravery of the men who served aboard her.”

M/Y OCTOPUS is regularly used for exploration, scientific research and rescue missions, inspired by the work of Jacques Cousteau. She is not available for charter, but for more details about chartering any other Lurssen superyacht, please contact your preferred charter broker.

Paul Allen and his team members discovered the wreckage of the largest battleship on naval history near the Philippines in the Sibuyan Sea.