Ear: Ship

A World War II U.S. Navy destroyer, the 377-foot USS Johnston, sunk off of Samar Island in the Philippine Sea on Oct. 25, 1944, and settled in at 21,181 feet deep (about 4 miles). It is the world's deepest known shipwreck, The Straits Times reports; only 141 of the ship's 327 crew survived.

The ship's location was actually discovered in 2019 but the expedition group's remotely-operated vehicle did not have the ability to reach it. But Texas-based undersea technology company Caladan Oceanic was capable of getting there, and the ship was surveyed and photographed during two 8-hour dives by a crew in a submersible — thereby making history as the deepest wreck dives. One of their photos is shown, courtesy of AFP/Caladan Oceanic.

The damage incurred during the battle was visible on the wreck. "(The destroyer) took fire from the largest warship ever constructed — the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Yamato," team member Parks Stephenson said, "and ferociously fought back." Rest in peace.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.