Friday, 10 February 2017

US cabinet maintained naval force in Mexican waters according to the Dutch newspaper Bataviaasch nieuwsblad dated 18 April 1914


An item dated New York, USA 17th reported the departure of the American battleship Louisiana (1) towards Tampico, Mexico.

A second item dated Washington, USA 17th reported that the American cabinet probably decided to maintain the strengthened naval force in the Mexican waters even after the requested salutes were given. The Mexican president Huerta demanded that the Mexican salute gun by gun was to be answered by the American ships. The American cabinet however made clear that just after a salute of 21 gunshots the American ships would respond.

1. Connecticut-class consisting Connecticut, Louisiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Vermont, preceded by the Virginia-class and succeeded by the Mississippi-class. Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding Company on 7 February 1903, launched on 27 August 1904, commissioned on 2 June 1906, reserved and training ship for midshipmen and naval militia after 24 September 1915, training ship for gunners and engine room personnel since 6 April 1917, decommissioned on 20 October 1920 and sold on 1 November 1923 to be broken up.