Navy Commemorates the sinking of USS San Diego

| July 22, 2018

The US Navy commemorated the sinking of the USS San Diego (ACR 6), Pennsylvania-class armored cruiser, off the coast of New York a hundred years ago last week. The ship was in route to meet up with a convoy it was to escort to Europe when an explosion occurred on the port side near the port side engine and below the waater line.

The source of the explosion is still a mystery. The captain, Harley H. Christy, claimed that it was a torpedo from a German submarine, the Naval Court of Inquiry determined that it was a German mine that caused the explosion and sank the cruiser in 28 minutes.

According to Wiki, six sailors lost their lives, out of a crew of 80 officers 745 enlisted 64 Marines;

Two men were killed instantly when the explosion occurred, a crewman who had been oiling the port propeller shaft was never seen again, a man was killed by one of the smokestacks breaking loose as the ship capsized, one was killed when a liferaft fell on his head, and the sixth was trapped inside the crow’s nest and drowned.

There’s video of the ceremony at DVIDS;

The crew aboard the USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51) and Sailors assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 participate in a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the USS San Diego (ACR 6).

Category: We Remember

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  1. IS2 (SW) says:

    Fair winds and following seas forever, brave souls.

  2. AW1Ed says:

    California was renamed San Diego on 1 September 1914, in order to free up her original name for use with the Tennessee-class battleship California.

    Black Shoe brethren, help the Airdale out. Thought it was bad luck to rename ships after commissioning.

  3. Sparks says:

    God rest them all well.

  4. 2banana says:

    Almost a miracle with so few deaths with a ship of that size sinking so quickly. They must have trained well.

    • Mason says:

      That’s what I was thinking. Almost 1,000 men aboard and only lost 6 to a complete loss of the ship.

  5. Carolyn Bowman says:

    Three days later, on 21 July 1918, a German U-boot submarine fired torpedos which hit in Orleans, MA. A recent article, ‘German U-boat brought WWI home to U.S’, in the “San Francisco Chronicle” about this event was published on 18 July 2018.

  6. Carolyn Bowman says: “The War Reaches Home: Attack on Cape Cod’

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    Fair winds and following seas to the 6 who died.

    Missed this earlier. Late to the game. Sorry.

  8. The Other Whitey says:

    Also late to this one, due to yesterday being my daughter’s first birthday party. The San Diego Maritime Museum has exhibits on both cruisers named San Diego, ACR-6 and CL-53.