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Thursday, September 9, 2010

LOSS OF USS BENEVOLENCE (AH-13)

THE DETAILS OF A HOSPITAL SHIP "LOST" JUST OUTSIDE OF THE GOLDEN GATE

   The USS Benevolence (AH-13) entering the channel of San Francisco Bay

Yes, many of you don't remember this unfortunate incident....but it did take place on August 25, 1950, and the 'Hospital Ship' did in fact sink.

As I stated above this 'sinking' took place on the above date when the USS Benevolence (AH-13) was coming into the San Francisco Bay channel....and so was the freighter 'Mary Luckenbach.'

Now this particular area of the channel in the Bay has it's problems...that is just a given to the captions of any vessel that used this channel on a regular basis....and especially so to these two skippers.  But on this day there was heavy fog in the Bay area....and this increased the danger ten fold.

In any regard the Mary Luckenbach rammed the Hospital ship...not only once but twice.

As the data shows there was over 500+ aboard the USS Benevolence (AH-13) at the time of the sinking.....
Ok....so you now are aware of scant detail of what took place...if I tickled your interest you can read the entire document, which includes pictures, of this entire incident by clicking this title: LOSS OF USS BENEVOLENCE  

This is not a long drawn out article....but it is interesting that such events take place and few individuals actually know of it.....
Anyway...hope you enjoy the article
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