The Housatonic: The Sinking Of The Titanic

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Yesterday, February 3rd, 1917,The American cargo ship, Housatonic , a German U-boat sank. In response, President Wilson broke off diplomatic relations with Germany the same day. The attack on Housatonic is the first time in history that a submerged submarine had successfully sunk another ship. Aboard the Union vessel, two officers and three men were killed while the crew took to the boats or climbed into the rigging to await rescue. The reason as to what led to the sinking is unknown at this time. The escalation was serious and turned out to be a major step toward the United States’ entry into the war. The Housatonic had the same name as the first ship ever sunk by a submarine in warfare. The “Housatonic,” was a common ship name, derived from
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