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Posted September 11. 2017 2:32PM

Navy determined to find out what sank armored cruiser after it left Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

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USS San Diego 

The USS San Diego was engaged in guarding European-bound convoys through submarine-infested waters during the first leg of their voyage from the East Coast. The 503-foot-long cruiser was en route from Portsmouth, N.H., to New York when it was sunk, it is assumed, by a floating German mine or a torpedo fired from a U-boat. Now the Navy hopes to determine the cause and the condition of the wreck in time for the 100th anniversary of the July 19, 1918 tragedy.