Thursday, March 24, 2016
U.S. Navy Tugboat Lost For A Century Found Off California Coast
After serving two years on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War, I was assigned from the one of the largest ships in the U.S. Navy to one of the smallest; a 100-foot harbor tugboat.
The USS Saugus (YTB-780) was stationed at the nuclear submarine base at Holy Loch, Scotland and we often were sent out to sea in God-awful conditions that included Gale-Force winds, huge waves and very, very cold water.
During the two winters I served in Scotland, we often feared that we would sink and die in the freezing, turbulent sea, but thankfully the solid boat held together and the fine seamanship of our crew took us to our mission destination and then back to the base.
So the discovery of a sunken U.S. Navy tugboat missing since 1921 interested me. There, but for the grace of God...
The Philadelphia Inquirer offers a piece on the discovery.
Note: The top photo shows the USS Conestoga underwater. Above is a photo of the USS Conestoga in port and below is a photo of my old tugboat, the USS Saugus at Holy Loch, Scotland.
You can click on the above photos to enalrge.