Coast Guard Ship Sinks In 1917, Then Researchers Find It 100 Years Later To The Day

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

The Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch sunk on June 13, 1917, after colliding with a passenger ship when fogged rolled into California.

It sank in only 30 minutes three miles off the coast of Point Conception in central California.

Almost as fate, the sunken ship has been missing for 100 years. But on June 14, 2017, the US Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found the shipwreck 100 years and a day since the ship sank.

To locate the ship, the team of researchers used multi-beam side-scanning sonar.

“It really just brings some closure to sort of a Coast Guard mystery,” Admiral Todd Socalzuk says. “We kind of knew where it happened, right, but where’s that ship and we know a little bit more by the imagery now as to what happened to her as she sank.”

Robert Schwemmer, who headed the research team, has been looking for McCulloch for three decades.

“I expected the McCulloch eventually would be found,” Robert says. “But the currents up there, the low visibility, it’s a difficult place to work.”

Similar to this story, the shipwreck SS Hydrus was discovered exactly 102 years later. Another cool shipwreck that was found was when a treasure hunting family discovered $1 million in 300-year-old shipwreck coins.

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