Men who go down to the sea in ships know full well the hazards of their profession, and this week marks the 90th anniversary of what military historians believe is the greatest peacetime loss of ships in the history of the United States Navy. The long-forgotten disaster occurred in Southern California on Sept. 8, 1923, when nine USN destroyers made a wrong turn during a heavy fog and high waves caused by the great Tokyo earthquake of the previous week. The ships, less than five years old, rammed single file into a rocky shoreline reef about 45 miles north of …
U.S. Navy disaster occurred 90 years ago
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