Law of the Sea

Two months ago seven destroyers, speeding south along the Pacific coast, bound for San Diego, ran ashore 75 miles north of Santa Barbara. Twenty-three men were lost, and $13,000,000 worth of ships. A Court of Inquiry investigated; court martial proceedings are under way against eleven officers. There may be convictions and acquittals. But the lesson of the disaster and the law of the sea were laid down in the report of the Board of Inquiry, written by Rear Admiral William V. Pratt. This report was published last...

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