A military ship that sank off the coast of Southern California 100 years ago is not removed from the sea in the near future, according to the officials.
The San Francisco-based USCGC McCulloch, who for the first time to sea with the U. S. Coast Guard during the Spanish-American War, sank on 13 June 1917, after a collision with a civilian steamship. Officials said Tuesday that strong currents and sediment on the ship would make it move the ship to hard.
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NOAA and the coast guard discovered the wreck last fall during a routine examination. The researchers had focused on the area of the shipwreck, in the vicinity of Point Conception, California, after noticing an abundance of fish.
The ship remains, which include a 15-inch torpedo tube cast in the arc steam and the top of a propeller blade, are covered with white anemones 300 feet below the surface of the water, the officials said.
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The USCGC McCulloch had the start of his Commodore George Dewey’s Asiatic Squadron in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.
Cutters, based in San Francisco, in the late 1800s and early 1900s represented American interests in the Pacific ocean. They also played an important role in the development of the Western part of the united states
The Associated Press contributed to this report.