The Honda Point Disaster – California 1923
By the end of WW1 the U.S. had the largest destroyer fleet in the world, but the Disarmament Treaty of 1922 caused more than 200 of these ships to be decommissioned while 40 more were scrapped.
The US had been preparing for the disarmament treaty and in 1921 Commander H. N. Jenson, the commanding officer of USS Prairie, a destroyer tender, was ordered to San Diego and directed to prepare the site for receipt of World War I destroyers scheduled for decommissioning. With a stroke of a pen, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
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