National Affairs: Requiescant

The U.S.S. Tacoma, 20-year-old light cruiser which ran on Blanquilla Reef off Vera Cruz while on duty in Mexican waters (TIME, Jan. 28), was struck by a heavy norther while still aground. Captain Herbert G. Sparrow and 19 men remained aboard trying to float the ship. During the storm, which lasted two days and drove the tugs, standing by, to harbor, the Captain and three radio men lost their lives. The ship is a complete loss, wedged on the reef with a 100° list, wrecked pilothouse gone, light bulkheads crushed, spar deck swept clean,...

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