This Day in Naval History - Dec. 17

Story Number: NNS011212-05Release Date: 12/12/2001 3:58:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1812 - The brig Argus, commanded by Arthur Sinclair, captures the American schooner Vancise during the War of 1812. She had been abandoned by her crew and found derelict by another ship. A crew is placed on board and she is sent into the Chesapeake.

1846 - During the Mexican-American War, the squadron under Commodore Matthew C. Perry captures Laguna de los Terminos without opposition. The squadron includes the side-wheeled steamer Mississippi, wooden steamer Vixen, schooner Bonito, and the shallow-draft vessel Petrel.

1863 - The bark-rigged clipper ship Roebuck seizes blockade-runner British schooner Ringdove off Indian River, Fla. with cargo including salt, coffee, tea, and whiskey.

1917 - USS Remlik (SP 157) reportedly encounters an enemy submarine during a storm in the Bay of Biscay, but the weather prevents an engagement. While she is fighting the heavy seas that day, a depth charge breaks loose on her after deck and is secured by Chief Boatswain's Mate John MacKenzie, who receives the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions.

1917 - While underway off Point Loma, Calif., USS F 1 collides with her sister submarine, USS F 3. With her hull torn open amidships, she rapidly sinks and loses 19 crewmen.

1942 - USS Grouper (SS 214) sinks the Japanese army passenger cargo ship Bandoeng Maru about 15 miles northwest of Cape Henpan, Buka Island, Solomons and survives the counterattack by submarine chaser Ch 29.

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