Armored Cruiser’s Other Tragedy
Captain Bill Heard, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
The wreck of the armored cruiser USS Memphis (ACR-10) in the Santo Domingo roadstead on 29 August 1916, as recounted by Andrew C. A. Jampoler (“The Short Life and Hard Times of an Armored Cruiser,” August, pp. 42–48), was not the first time the unfortunate ship had sustained loss of life under catastrophic circumstances. In the 1916 tragedy, 43 sailors drowned and more than 200 were injured when tsunami-like waves drove the Memphis onto the rocky shore.