Known to seafarers as the Devil's Jaw, Point Honda has lured ships to its dangerous rocks on California's coast for centuries, but its worst disaster occurred on 8 September 1923. That night nine U.S. Navy destroyers ran into Honda's fog-wrapped reefs. Part of Destroyer Squadron 11, the ships were making a fast run from San Francisco to their ...
Known to seafarers as the Devil's Jaw, Point Honda has lured ships to its dangerous rocks on California's coast for centuries, but its worst disaster occurred on 8 September 1923. That night nine U.S. Navy destroyers ran into Honda's fog-wrapped reefs. Part of Destroyer Squadron 11, the ships were making a fast run from San Francisco to their homeport of San Diego as fog closed around them. The captain of the flagship Delphy ordered a change of course, but due to navigational errors and unusual currents caused by an earthquake in Japan the previous week, she ran aground. Eight destroyers followed her. Only Pearl Harbor in 1941 would do more damage. In dramatic hour-by-hour detail, the authors recreate what happened, including the heroic efforts to rescue men and ships. In addition to presenting a full picture of the tragedy, they cover the subsequent investigations, which became a media sensation. The authors suggest that the cause of the tragedy lay in the interpretation of the differences that exist between the classic concepts of naval regulations and the stark realism of the unwritten code of destroyer doctrine to follow the leader. Admiral Nimitz's introduction sets the scene for this action-filled account of America's greatest peacetime naval tragedy in history, first published in 1960.
Fair in fair dust jacket. Hardcover; Printed Text VG; (shelf G33); some tears at DJ edges taped; shelfwear. 243 p. Includes: illustrations, maps, index. (shelf GG 33); "The story of the 9 U.S. Destroyers who followed their leader thru blinding fog onto the rockbound California Coast";
Good in Good jacket. B00412V35Y 1960 first edition Chilton Co. (Philadelphia), 6 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches tall grey cloth hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket, black lettering to spine, map endpapers, illustrated, xv, 243 pp. Very slight bumping to lower tips of book. Minor sun fading, rubbing and edgewear to covers. Prior owner name to front free-endpaper. Otherwise, a very good copy-clean, bright and unmarked-in an edgeworn dust jacket which is nicely preserved in a clear archival sleeve. ~TT~ Author Charles Andrews Lockwood (1890-1967) was a Vice-Admiral and Flag Officer of the United States Navy. He is known in submarine history as the legendary commander of Submarine Force Pacific Fleet during World War II. He devised tactics for the effective use of submarines, making the members and elements of 'silent service' key players in the Pacific victory. The frigate USS Lockwood (FF-1064) was named in his honor.
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