Japan Subs Sinks Oil Filled Ship in WWII, But Where’s the Oil?

Here’s a story you don’t hear much about. A Japanese WWII submarine sank a ship, Montebellow, off the Central California coast. The ship was full of oil. Everyone lived, the ship sank, and the oil went down with it. But now, using technology to measure the density of the contents of the fuel tank, it’s said to be filled only with sea water. Where did the oil go? Was it stolen by the submarine? No. Did it just leak out? Maybe. The sad thing is 3 million gallons of oil dripped into the Pacific and no one knew. (LA Times – Montebello)


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