Rediscovering USS San Diego: 100 Years from the U-boat Attack

Author(s): Alexis Catsambis; Art Trembanis

Year: 2018


In the fall of 2017, the Naval History and Heritage Command, the University Delaware, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock and partners conducted a cursory site assessment of the wreck of USS San Diego. Armored cruiser San Diego, launched in 1899, was the only major warship lost by the U.S. Navy during the Great War. Sunk by German U-boat in July 1918, the war grave came to rest just a few miles south of Long Island, where her story has continued to fascinate the public since that time. With the upcoming centennial commemoration of her loss, the recent project aimed to use remote sensing tools to acoustically and visually document the site, and in doing so definitively answer the persistent questions about the cause of her loss.

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Rediscovering USS San Diego: 100 Years from the U-boat Attack. Alexis Catsambis, Art Trembanis. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441248)

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Temporal Keywords
World War I

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 571