The late 19th century saw a deterioration of relations between Spain and the United States, culminating in the mysterious sinking of the American battleship MAINE in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898. The situation resulted in an ultimatum from the United States to Spain to surrender control of Cuba, followed closely by a declaration of war first by Spain and, then, the United States. The Spanish-American War (21 April 13 August 1898) ensued. In the months leading up to the War, the Norfolk Navy Yard had been about the business of outfitting and arming the American fleet. USRC HUDSON, a tug home-ported in New York and commanded by 1st Lieutenant Frank Hamilton Newcomb, arrived at the shipyard in early April and commenced her upgrade availability, including the installation of armor plating, two six-pound rapid-fire gins, and a Colt automatic machine gun. Shortly after the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service was transferred to the Navy at the outbreak of the War, HUDSON took up her assigned duty station off the coast of Cuba. This Coast Guard Heritage spot will cover the storied action of HUDSON at Cardenas Bay as well as the subsequent history surrounding her crew and, especially, her commanding officer. The epilogue includes a treatment of USS NEWCOMB (DD 586), the only Navy ship ever named for a member of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, that served with distinction at the Battle of Surigao Strait, the final defeat of the Japanese Navy in World War II.

Dinner 1730  All Hands Club ( Meet at Leamy Hall 1715)
Lecture 1900  Leamy Hall

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