Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Return of USS Houston Artifacts

From the Jan. 3, 2014, Naval History Blog "Return of USS Houston Artifacts to NHHC." NHMC is the Naval History & Heritage Command.

The NHHC's Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) received a ceramic cup and saucer and a trumpet from the wreck of the USS Houston. These items were taken from the wreck in an unsanctioned removal.

Unfortunately the article didn't go into how these items were acquired.

The items will now undergo documentation, research and conservation treatment at the UAB Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory.

The USS Houston was a Northampton-class heavy cruiser which had the nickname "Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast" which fought at the Battle of Makassar Strait and the Battle of the Java Sea. On March 1, 1942, it was sunk along with the HMAS Perth at the Battle of Sunda Strait. Seven hundred crew died.


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