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Archaeological survey of the submerged hulk of ARIZONA in 1983 1984 1986 and 1987 has determined that the battleship lies at a five to ten degree list to port and while intact readily evidences the severity of her battle damage The hull just aft of the bow is distorted and cracked from gunwale to keel on the port side and nearly so on the starboard side indicating the bow was either nearly blown off or has since settled and cracked The armored deck forward was blown forward by the force of the explosion that appears to have wrecked ARIZONA torn and twisted portions of the deck have folded together near the bow with one large section of deck peeled back toward the port bow and jutting over the side of the hull Debris consisting of twisted and torn fragments of steel and numerous mis- cellaneous fittings litter the decks Surprisingly even in this severely damaged area the battleships teak decks remain intact and undeteriorated except for areas where silt does not protect the deck The hull is covered with a thick growth of barnacles oysters sponges corals grasses and sea anemones which has retarded ongoing corrosion nonetheless the star- board side of the battleship evidences a higher level of corrosion with loose hull plates that flex and shift with current and tidal flow Perhaps the most striking hull feature are the rows of deadlights blastcovers still fixed that line the hull Some have air trapped between blast cover and glass of the deadlight and provide an eerie reminder that ARIZONA is the watery grave of some 1000 men Moving aft from the bow the first major feature encountered is turret 1 With its three 14-inch guns trained forward in a slightly depressed elevation this turret dropped intact with the deck when the latter col- lapsed The guns and machinery as well as the top of turret 2 have been removed but the
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