9 September 1942 – During her second patrol as a weather ship for the US Coast Guard the USCGC Muskeget would disappear after sending a report without a trace. The USCGC Muskeget was on loan from the US Navy during WW2 and had a crew of 114. At the time it was unknown what at happened to the ship and all crew members were listed as killed in action and the wreckage of the ship was never found. It was later found that the USCGC Muskeget had been sunk by the German Navy submarine U-755. The submarine misidentified as a auxiliary merchant cruiser and fired two torpedos at her. After the attack U-755 returned to the area to find a larger oil slick and two life rafts tied together with 8 survivors on board. the submarine departed the area soon after. No survivors were ever found by the US and the ship was struck from the Navy List in 1943.
11 September 1776 – Three months after the American Colonies declared their independence, British and American representatives would hold a brief and informal conference. The meeting was an attempt by the British to bring peace in the colonies and quickly end the revolution. Lord Howe, commander of British land forces in the colonies would lead the talks, but was extremely limited in his power to negotiate. As a result the American Congressional members at the talks were pessimistic, their main demands were British recognition of the recent Declaration of Independence of the American Colonies. After just three hours of unsuccessful negations the conference would end and the British would resume their military campaign for control of New York City.
11 September 2001 – I will be covering the attacks of 9/11 on Friday with an additional email!
11 September 2002 – On the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks the US Navy readopts the First Navy Jack as their naval jack. The jack is traditionally regarded as the first jack used by the US Navy, though that is disputed. It is notable for featuring the words “DONT TREAD ON ME” along with a gold snake ontop of 13 red and white strips. In 2019 the First Naval Jack was replaced with the Union Jack (not the British one!) for US Navy ships. The First Naval Jack was returned to flying only on the US Navy’s oldest operational ship, which is currently the USS Blue Ridge, a amphibious command ship that has been in service for 50 years.