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Watch The Sea Hunters online: Episode 3 The Wreck of Arturo Prat's 'Esmeralda'

When the Japanese Imperial Navy wanted an example of proper action for officers under fire in a naval engagement they chose the Chilean naval vessel Esmeralda and her captain, Arturo Prat, as the model to be studied by all officers graduating from the Japanese Naval Academy. Mike Fletcher and The Sea Hunters team are invited back to Chile in order to assist German government archaeologists in the retrieval of artifacts from the German light cruiser Dresden which was lost during WWI off Robinson Crusoe Island in Chilean waters. During the trip the team is invited, by the Chilean Embassy, to dive and film the wreck site of Chiles most famous naval vessel Esmeralda. After leaving Robinson Crusoe Island, the team, along with Chilean navy divers, travel over 1,000 miles (1,600 km) North to the site of the Battle of Iquique to search for the final resting place of Esmeralda. The first dive shows that the wreckage presents a vivid illustration of the horror of that battle. The broken hull of Esmeralda, her cannons lying quiet on the ocean floor and the skeletal remains of many of her brave crew all tell a graphic tale of the of the horror of battle and the cost of war.

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