One of the richest men in the world, Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, has spectacularly varied interests and the wealth to pursue all of them. Yesterday one of Allen’s most passionate projects, the search for the sunk Japanese battleship Musashi, yelled Eureka! Allen and his team of researchers “located the Musashi, a WWII Japanese battleship considered one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history,” he said in a statement.
The discovery comes within a week of the death of Leonard Nimoy, who famously portrayed a Vulcan in the seminal sci-fi Star Trek franchise. Allen was so influenced by Nimoy–and Star Trek’s intrepid explorations–that he named his post-Microsoft company “Vulcan.” Mr. Spock would be proud of Mr. Allen, who’s been revealing photos on Twitter and on his website of the Musashi. Allen’s team found the wreck in the Sibuyan Sea in the central Philippines, at about 1,000 meters deep. It was sunk by the U.S. Navy in 1944 with a crew of 1,000 on board.