<i>Housatonic</i> and <i>Lyman M. Law</i>

Rodney Carlisle

in Sovereignty at Sea

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037622
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041612 | DOI:
Housatonic and Lyman M. Law

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The first two US ships destroyed under the German policy of Unrestricted submarine warfare were the Houstonic and the Lyman M. Law. In each case, the crews were safely evacuated; the cargos of the ships were inspected and found to contain contraband; the ships were destroyed and all the merchant sailors reached port safely. Consequently, the loss of these two ships in February 1917 did not constitute overt acts of war from Wilson's point of view, since they conformed to established rules of blockade. Meanwhile, however, warhawks inside and outside the US government demanded stronger action against Germany.

Keywords: Houstonic; Lyman M. Law; Warhawks

Chapter.  6799 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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