A MISSING American WARSHIP Has Finally Been FOUND!

As someone that spend time on the water most of my life and four years of that in the Navy, I am fascinated by sunken ships. It seems that thankfully we don’t have as many ships that sink like we did a hundred years ago. Back then, if you ran into some kind of trouble you were sort of on your own if someone wasn’t within visual range of you.

Officials have announced an incredible and historical discovery: The wreckage of the famed U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch, which served during the Spanish-American War of 1898 and for years afterward.

According to American Military News, Coast Guard and National Oceanic Atmospheric Agency officials made the announcement on June 13, the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.

The McCulloch sank on June 13, 1917, after it crashed with another massive ship that was carrying more than 400 passengers.

 Searchers found the ship’s wreckage off Point Conception on the southern coast of California. According to CNN, the cutter gained fame for more than one reason. Not only was it the largest cutter in its day, but it also completed various missions that were key to American policy of the time.

For example, CNN reported that the McCulloch “cruised the Pacific, enforced fur seal regulations in Alaska waters and joined US. Asiatic Squadron during the Spanish-American War.”

 Greg Gorga, executive director of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum explained that Point Conception is a problem spot for large ships. “We call that, the graveyard of the Pacific,” he said. “It is not uncommon for big sailors to have problems at Point Conception.”

Fortunately, the cutter’s crew was taken aboard the passenger ship that collided with the McCulloch. One Coast Guard crewman died of injuries.

According to US News, the wreckage will stay where it is for now, though there is no telling what could happen in the future. Officials said that because the wreckage is too “delicate,” strong currents and too much sediment would make removal nearly impossible.

There is no word if historical researchers will examine any possible artifacts from the wreckage.

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