Researchers with the University of Hawaii’s Marine Heritage Program have discovered a “Ghost Ship” off of Oahu. The wreckage of the USS Kailua sits about 20 miles off the coast of Waikiki in 2,000 feet of water. The ship was originally named the USS Dickerson and served as a cable ship between Hawaii and Midway before being used by the US Navy. When no longer needed, the ship was used as torpedo target practice and sunk in 1946, its location forgotten until now. James Delgado is the director of marine heritage with the NOAA Office of Marine Sanctuaries.
Delgado is planning to nominate the wreck to be recognized by the national register of historic places.