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
For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.