‘Wreck of ‘Jaws ship’ In­di­anapo­lis found

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - Exclusive -

From left: Jaws stars Robert Shaw, Roy Schei­der and Richard Drey­fuss THE wreck of a fa­mous World War Two cruiser ref­er­enced in the film Jaws has been dis­cov­ered 18,000 feet be­low the waves.

USS In­di­anapo­lis was sunk by Ja­panese tor­pe­does in 1945 – lead­ing to the great­est sin­gle loss of life at sea in the his­tory of the US Navy.

While around 800 of the ship’s 1196-strong crew sur­vived the sink­ing, shark at­tacks, de­hy­dra­tion, and ex­po­sure meant only 316 made it back to dry land. Their blood­cur­dling or­deal is re­lated by Quint the shark-hunter in Spiel­berg’s 1975 big-screen clas­sic.

USS In­di­anapo­lis’s wreck was found by a team of civil­ian re­searchers led by en­tre­pre­neur and phi­lan­thropist Paul G. Allen, at a depth greater than the Ti­tanic’s re­mains in the North Pa­cific. ROBERT SHAW be­came a movie leg­end for his role as shark-hunter Quint. One of his big­gest scenes is when he de­scribes the sink­ing of the In­di­anapo­lis... FIRST light... sharks cruisin’ by, so we formed tight groups sorta like the in­fantry squares at Water­loo. The idea was the shark come to the near­est man, he starts poundin’ and hol­lerin’ and some­times that shark he go away… but some­times he wouldn’t. Some­times that shark looks right at ya. And the thing about a shark is he’s got life­less eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn’t even seem to be livin’… til he bites, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that ter­ri­ble high-pitched screamin’. The ocean turns red. 1100 men went into the wa­ter. 316 come out. Sharks took the rest.”

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