Today in U.S. Naval History: August 13

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Commodore Robert F. Stockton, Halftone reproduction of a 19th Century engraving, printed by Carruth & Carruth, Oakland, California, for the Sloat Memorial Association of Oakland. The original engraving was based on a painting on ivory owned by Commodore Stockton's son, the Hon. John P. Stockton. ( U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 13

1777 - American explosive device made by David Bushnell explodes near British vessel off New London, Conn.

1846 - Joint expedition led by Commodore Robert Stockton seizes Los Angeles, Calif.

1870 - Armed tug Palos becomes first U.S. Navy ship to transit Suez Canal

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