ALCOAST 327/18 - SEP 2018 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LOSS OF USS TAMPA

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SUBJ: 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LOSS OF USS TAMPA
1. September 26, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the loss of USS TAMPA
during World War I. TAMPA was one of six Coast Guard cutters serving overseas
on convoy duty during the war. Also serving were the cutters SENECA, OSSIPEE,
ALCONQUIN, MANNING and YAMACRAW. During TAMPA’s service in a foreign combat
zone, she successfully escorted 18 convoys between Gibraltar and Great Britain
all under the command of CAPT Charles Satterlee.
2. On that fateful day 100 years ago, after escorting her 19th convoy safely
from Gibraltar to Great Britain, TAMPA, low on coal, detached and proceeded
independently to Milford Haven, Wales. At 8:15 p.m. local time, the Imperial
German Navy submarine UB-91 sighted TAMPA and fired a single torpedo that hit
and destroyed the cutter. TAMPA went down with all hands in less than three
minutes.
3. Committed to the depths of the ocean were one hundred and thirty souls,
including one hundred and eleven Coast Guardsmen, four U.S. Navy sailors who
were part of TAMPA’s crew, 10 Royal Navy personnel and five British Admiralty
dockworkers who were aboard as passengers.
4. Those lost aboard TAMPA were not the only Coast Guardsmen. Eleven Coast
Guardsmen from USS SENECA perished while attempting to save a torpedoed British
tanker off the coast of France. Eleven others died while on duty at sea or
ashore and 59 more perished due to disease. Those Coast Guardsmen, and their
Navy shipmates, many serving so far from home, gave all that they had to give
to their country.
5. The Coast Guard will honor TAMPA and her loss at a commemorative memorial
ceremony held at Coast Guard Headquarters on September 26, 2018. During this
solemn occasion and on this special day, we ask that you remember those who
have given the ultimate sacrifice, thereby keeping us safe and helping to
preserve our liberty.
6. For more information on TAMPA and the Coast Guard’s role during World War I,
please visit the Historian’s Office website at:
https://www.history.uscg.mil/Commemorations/World-War-I/.
7. RDML Melissa Bert, USCG, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, sends.
8. Internet release authorized.