Honda (Pedernales) Point, California, Disaster, 8 September 1923
Bibliography and Archival Sources
Duckworth, Spencer. Destroyers on the Rocks: Seven Ships Lost. Fort Bragg, CA: Cypress House, 2005.
Hadaway, Richard B. “Course Zero Nine Five.” US Naval Institute Proceedings 83, no.1 (Jan. 1957): 40-47.
Lockwood, Charles A. Tragedy at Honda. Philadelphia, PA: Chilton Co., 1960.
Loeb, Richard B. “Comment and Discussion: The Honda Point Disaster.” US Naval Institute Proceedings 84, no.5 (May 1958): 109-112.
McClench, Donald. “Comments on Navigational Aspects of the Disaster.” US Naval Institute Proceedings 83, no.1 (Jan. 1957): 47-48.
US Navy. Annual Reports of the Navy Department for the Fiscal Year (Including Operations to November 15, 1923). Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1924. [see page 79].
US Navy Records Located at the National Archives in Washington DC:
Record Group (RG) 125
Records of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy.
Court of Inquiry, Case #12847, @ 2000 pages in Boxes 349 & 350, 11W2 28/12/2.
Includes 2 Courts Martial (Hunter and Watson) and charge out card for Blodgett.
Record Group (RG) 45
Office of Naval Records & Library, Navy Subject File 1911-1927.
RG-Groundings, Box 584, Folder #6 “Destroyers grounded off Honda Point September 8, 1923,” containing over 500 pages, 11W4 18/6/2.
OS US Naval Vessels 1911-1927 (a file on each ship involved).
Record Group (RG) 80
General Records of Department of Navy, 1798-1947, General File For Navy, 1897-1926.
File # 26835, Box 2073, @ 300 pages (contains copies of Court of Inquiry), 11W3 24/14/3.
File # 27424, Box 2247, @ 1000 pages, 11W3 24/18/4.
File 26262-10680 Box 1696 11W3 11/1/4 @ 50 pages total.
Formerly Confidential Correspondence of the Secretary of the Navy.
File # 216-33:7. Microfilm reel: M1140 roll 104.
File # 232-41. Microfilm reel: M 1140 roll 115.
Photographs: Secretary of the Navy Formerly confidential 1927-39, file DD/L11-1 Box 166.
Hydrographic Charts: large volume RG 80-oversize 11W3 13/16/2.
Compilation of Court-Martial Orders, 1916-1937, Vol. 1 (Washington: Government
Printing Office, 1940), pages 866-873. (copy located in 11W3 16/27/2).
Point Honda Court Records:
Court of Inquiry 12847 (includes Watson’s and Hunter’s Court martial and a reference card to Blodgett’s “see selection board”).
Court Martial Cases (Many of these court cases include the logbook pages and charts as exhibits.):
|Blodgett, Lawrence F.||58790 (card “see 12847).|
|Hunter, Donald T.||58789 (card “see 12847).|
|Watson, Edward H.||58791 (card see 12847).|
|Morris, Robert||58810 (approx. 275 pages).|
|Seed, Walter D.||58956 (approx. 150 pages).|
|Roesch, Herbert O.||59006 (card “see examination board) Includes examination board, but court case is not there.|
|Calhoun, William L.||Number not known.|
|Booth, Richard H.||58955 (approximately 125 pages).|
|Toaz, William H.||58954 (approximately 150 pages).|
|Davis, Louis P.||58953 (card “with exam board”) (we don’t have his exam board).|
|Pye, William S.||58957 (card “with exam board”) (we don’t have exam board).|
Officers Promotion and Retirement Board files*
(Officers must be dead or completely retired before 1943.).
|Blodgett, Lawrence F.||None|
|Hunter, Donald T.||Box 554|
|Watson, Edward H.||Box 1122|
|Morris, Robert||Box 501 with photo.|
|Seed, Walter D.||Box 970|
|Roesch, Herbert O.||Box 621 with photo (does not include court proceedings).|
|Calhoun, William L.||None|
|Booth, Richard H.||Box 53 with photo.|
|Toaz, William H.||Boxes 1079-1080|
|Davis, Louis P.||None|
|Pye, William S.||None|
*These files include officers’ monthly fitness reports with evaluations about actions at Point Honda.
Note: The Regional Branch of the National Archives at Laguna Niguel, CA, also has four Hollinger boxes of materials relating to the incident.