Disappearance of the USS Conestoga solved after 95 years

The USS Conestoga that mysteriously went missing along with its 56 crew, is finally found after 95 years.

The USS Conestoga ago during voyage from San Francisco Pearl Harbor, in March 1921, is found 30 miles off California coast, near Farallon Islands.



Above: In September 2009, a NOAA/Fugro multibeam sonar survey of the area around Farallon Islands documented a probable shipwreck with an estimated length of 52m (170ft) at a depth of 56.5m (185ft).   Credit: NOAA/Fugro

Disappearance of the USS Conestoga solved after 95 years (3)

 

USS Conestoga (AT 54), the last known broadside photograph taken likely during WWI when the tugboat was equipped with a 3-inch 50 caliber naval gun and two machine guns.   Credit: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command NH 71299

Disappearance of the USS Conestoga solved after 95 years (1)

 

 

The steam steering gear lies inside the shipwreck USS Conestoga, having fallen through the main deck from its original position located below the pilot house.  Credit: Historic illustration, Robert Schwemmer Maritime Library. Underwater photograph, NOAA ONMS/Teledyne SeaBotix



Disappearance of the USS Conestoga solved after 95 years (2)

USS Conestoga gunnery department posing with the tugboat’s main battery, a 3-inch 50 caliber naval gun, photograph taken at San Diego, California 1921. Lower photograph is the current position of the gun inside the shipwreck near the forecastle after the gun’s support platform had fallen from its original position in front of the pilot house   Image credit Historic photograph, U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command NH 71510. Underwater photograph, NOAA ONMS/Teledyne SeaBotix.

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