This Day in Naval History - Sept. 19

Story Number: NNS020724-16Release Date: 7/24/2002 10:11:00 AM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

1777 - During the American Revolution, the British cutter HMS Alert captures the brig Lexington.

1862 - The side-wheel ram Queen of the West exchanges sharp fire with Confederate infantry and artillery above Bolivar, Miss., while escorting two troop transports.

1864 - Confederates seize steamer Philo Parsons, in an attempt to bribe USS Michigan officers and crew for the release of Confederate prisoners. The plot is foiled and the mission aborted.

1942 - USS Hughes (DD 410), while serving in Task Force Seventeen (TF 17), rescues the surviving crewmen of a USAAF (B 17) that makes a forced landing in the Coral Sea one week before.

1944 - USS Shad (SS 235) torpedoes and sinks Japanese coast defense ship, Ioshima. (ex-Chinese cruiser, Ning Hai) 85 miles off Hachij, Jima.

1952 - USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD 752) takes fire from three guns, estimated 105 to 155 mm in the Wonsan area of Korea. Thirteen personnel casualties, none fatal, were suffered. She expended 75 rounds of 5 inch and 84 of 3 inch in return counter battery fire. After emergency repairs, USS Alfred A. Cunningham was able to continue her combat operations.

1957 - Bathyscaphe Trieste, in a dive sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in the Mediterranean, reaches a record depth of two miles. Three years later, Trieste would set a new record of seven miles on Jan. 23, 1960.

1992 - USNS Loyal (T-AGOS 22) is christened and launched at McDermott Shipyards, Morgan City, Louisiana. The Military Sealift Command ship conducts surveillance towed array sensory system operations.

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