Friday, November 14, 2008
A Japanese submarine attacked a U.S. vessel off Cypress Point on Dec. 20,1941. The sub I-23 surfaced about 20 miles offshore and fired eight shells at the American oil tanker Agwiworld, missing completely. (Generally speaking, says one historian, Japanese submarines "weren't very effective" during the Second World War.) Local golfers watched as the tanker fled toward Santa Cruz, but, reported the Monterey Herald, "thought little more about it."