In March the US Navy announced the discovery of the wreck of USS Conestoga (AT-54) in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off San Francisco.
Conestoga disappeared 95 years ago with 56 offi cers and sailors aboard to become one of the most perplexing mysteries in the history of the US Navy.
It all began on 25 March 1921 when the ocean-going tug departed San Francisco’s Golden Gate for Tutuila, American Samoa with a port visit to Pearl Harbour along the way.
When Conestoga failed to arrive in Hawaii on her projected arrival date, the Navy initiated a air and sea search around the Hawaiian Islands, the tug’s destination.
Two months later, a merchant vessel happening upon a battered lifeboat with the letter “C” on its bow off the Mexican coast which became the catalyst for a fruitless search in those waters.
Unable to locate the tug or her wreckage, the Navy finally declared Conestoga and her crew lost in June 1921. Conestoga would be the last US Navy ship lost without a trace in peacetime.