After 95 Years, a Navy Ship Lost at Sea With All Hands is Finally Discovered

Who knew that NOAA has a genealogist on the payroll?

The USS Conestoga left the Navy yard at Mare Island, Calif., on Good Friday, 1921, bound for Pearl Harbor, with a complement of 56 sailors. At 4 p.m. that day, as the San Francisco light ship recorded big waves and gale-force winds, the Conestoga passed Point Bonita and was not heard from again.

Click on the above image to view a much larger version.

Click on the above image to view a much larger version.

On Wednesday, 95 years later, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Navy announced that the wreck had been found a few miles from Southeast Farallon Island, just off the California coast.

Lisa Stansbury, a genealogist working for NOAA, even helped identify the crew that was lost at sea when the USS Conestoga sank. They included the sons of immigrants from Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Norway and Denmark.

You can read more about this story in The Washington Post at and also more about the men on board on the NOAA web site at

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