OB Historical Society Presents: San Diego’s Naval Disaster and the Zeal for Conviction – Thurs., Jan. 18

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Join the Ocean Beach Historical Society for their monthly presentation this Thursday, January 18th. This month’s presentation is titled, “San Diego’s Naval Disaster and the Zeal for Conviction” and will be presented by Karen Scanlon.

It was business as usual along San Diego’s waterfront in the early morning of July 21, 1905. But a boiler explosion aboard the patrol gunboat USS Bennington, at anchor in the stream of the bay, plundered the ordinary and remains one of the deadliest peacetime disasters in the history of the United States Navy.

Immediately, a Court of Inquiry convened in San Diego. In October, the Courts Martial of Bennington’s commanding and engineering officers took place at Mare Island Naval Yard. What caused the explosion that stole the lives of 66 men? The pursuit of conviction was intense. Join Karen Thursday January 18th, at 7pm.

The presentation will be at AT Water’s Edge Faith Community (Formally P.L. United Methodist Church), 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.  For more on OBHS, see this.


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