Exactly How USS San Diego Sank is Still Unknown 100 Years Later
FIRE ISLAND, NY (July, 2018) Dr. Alexis Catsambis, an archaeologist with the Naval History and Heritage Command discusses the July 2018 survey and commemoration ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the USS San Diego (ACR 6). The Naval History and Heritage Command partnered with Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two and USNS Grasp to survey and interpret the wreck site of World War I era armored cruiser USS San Diego. The site visit is a continuation of a survey conducted last year from September 11-15. The objective was to assess the condition of the wreck site and determine if the ship, the only major warship lost by the United States in World War I, was sunk as a result of a German submarine-launched torpedo or mine. Ultimately, data gathered will help inform the management of the site, a responsibility of NHHC’s Underwater Archeology Branch. The survey culminated in a commemoration ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the vessel on July 19, 1918. USS San Diego (ACR 6), now rests off the coast of Fire Island, NY. Six Sailors perished along with the ship, which serves as a war grave.
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