Lost and Found Tuesday


A sonar image of the U.S.S. Grayback lying at a depth of 1,400 feet. Mr. Taylor’s team located the wreck by using an autonomous underwater vehicle to gather sonar data from a few hundred feet above the sea floor.Credit…Tim Taylor/Lost52 Project

A 75-year-old mystery has been solved, and the families of 80 American sailors lost at sea will now have closure: the U.S.S. Grayback has finally been found.

It was hidden from discovery all this time by a single errant digit.

The mystery began on Jan. 28, 1944, when the Grayback, one of the most successful American submarines of World War II, sailed out of Pearl Harbor for its 10th combat patrol. By late March it was more than three weeks overdue to return, and the Navy listed the submarine as missing and presumed lost.

After the war, the Navy tried to piece together a comprehensive history of the 52 submarines it had lost. The history, issued in 1949, gave approximate locations of where each submarine had disappeared.

The Grayback was thought to have gone down in the open ocean 100 miles east-southeast of Okinawa. But the Navy had unknowingly relied on a flawed translation of Japanese war records that got one digit wrong in the latitude and longitude of the spot where the Grayback had probably met its end.

John Ismay @ TNYT

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13 Responses to Lost and Found Tuesday

  1. Micki Jackson says:

    How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?


  2. Den says:

    70 expected today, lows in the mid 20’s to 30, thin clouds overhead.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Overcast, no rain, 2 °C.


  4. °¿º arol says:

    I liked your submarine story. Pete will like reading about that. I posted it on FB and tagged him.

    I have a Nova documentary about a lost German sub and what they went through to find it. They found it off the New Jersey coast!


  5. ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶arol says:

    It was a nice day today, lots of sun, no wind. I went out before my coffee at 8:10 and it was another 40 minute job. It wasn’t as bad as yesterday, but I still had to rest a lot. I cleared the way to the bird feeders, cleared a large area for the birds and any critters that might come by. I was going to do it all in two shifts, but I wanted it done in one shift. That’s the way I roll.

    In the afternoon I suited up and got the SUV out. NO problem, my baby sailed up and down the drive, over the county road plow pile at the end of the drive, not once sliding, or seeming to get stuck. It was the perfect snow, not as deep as I thought, not as deep as what Detroit got. I’d say maybe 6 inches?


  6. ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶arol says:

    Tomorrow is the big day. I will be perched in front of the TV, watching the hearings. I’ll be watching faces, I’ll be hoping Schiff kicks Gym Jordan out of the hearing when he acts up, I’ll be tickled to watch Danny Goldman use his law degree to question the witness(es). Danny used to turn up on MSNBC all the time and I haven’t seen him in quite awhile. Now I know why, he’s been practicing his craft. This is gong to be so much fun, actually knowing the lawyer. Well, I don’t KNOW him, but I know him. Know what I mean?


  7. °¿º arol says:

    Nikki Haley showed her true colors this morning on the Today Show. Saw a clip from that. Someone on Morning Joe said Trump has a gift for bringing out the character of people. Nikki Haley is one of those with no character. She said she never saw Trump lie. She said he’s qualified for his job. Stupid shit like that. Joe Scarborough laughed after the clip and said, ‘Mike Pence better duck. She’s angling for your job.’ If that’s true, which it looks like it is, she’ll be no different than Pence as vice president. Deferential, obedient, full of praise for Trump. She’ll just be wearing a skirt.

    Apparently, she wants to run for president in 2024. Don’t waste your money, honey.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    The standard 15 minutes to the north door of the Hillside Cafe as the sprinkling had stopped some time ago.


  9. David B. Benson says:

    A runaway star:

    The New Horizons spacecraft found an iceman object which now has a proper name:


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