National Affairs: Wrack

A dense fog; nine o'clock in the evening; the Santa Barbara Channel; 19 vessels of Destroyer Division 11 of the Battle Fleet speeding southward, bound from San Francisco to the San Diego base; 20 knots speed. Suddenly the leading boat struck the rocks, then the next, the next, the next. . . Seven were aground, piled on the rocks and beach, neatly at intervals of about 250 feet. The Delphy's siren warned the other twelve from the rocks.

The Navy Department received a telegram from Rear Admiral Sumner E. W. Kittelle, Commander of the...

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