Lockwood, Vice-Admiral Charles A. & Adamson, Colonel Hans Christian.


Philadelphia & New York, 2nd ed., 1960. Xviii + 243 pp., 22 photo-plates + maps & charts. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Torn d.j. with some loss at upper edge o/w V.G. The story of an amazing disaster in 1923 when nine US destroyers followed their leader through thick fog and wrecked themselves on the rocky coast of California. The desolate and hazardous Honda Point juts out into the sea 213 miles south of San Francisco and has become the graveyard of many ships and sailors. The seamen aboard the old Spanish galleons called it La guijada del diablo - the Devil’s Jaw. On September 8, 1923, Squadron 11, Destroyer Force, US Battle Fleet, steamed south towards their home port of San Diego. The 14 four-funnelled destroyers under the command of Captain Edward H. Watson used their sea-time to carry out endurance trials. As fog closed in they continued to steam at 20 knots in the wake of their leader, USS DELPHY. This destroyer suddenly struck the Honda reefs at speed, and eight of the destroyers following impaled themselves on the Devil’s Jaw – seven of them would never come off. The authors describe the events surrounding the US Navy’s greatest disaster prior to Pearl Harbour. The heroic rescue attempts to save the lives of 800 men aboard the ships and the public Inquiry that followed are also described. Illustrated with 22 photographs including a number of dramatic views. REMARKABLE LOSS OF NINE AMERICAN DESTROYERS WRECKED ON THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA IN 1923.

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