ARMY & NAVY: Fixing the Blame

The seven days following the wreck of seven destroyers (TIME, Sept. 17) on Point Arguello, 75 miles from Santa Barbara, did little to cast light on the question of why the accident befell. The mystery was added to when (six days after the event) news reached the Navy Department that two other destroyers, the Farragut and Somers, had struck the rocks in the accident but escaped being driven ashore.

A Naval board of inquiry, consisting of Rear Admiral William V. Pratt, Captain George Day and Captain David F. Sellers, opened an official investigation...

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