Florida Conversations: Uss Tampa

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Tampa Bay History Center says
She sailed alongside the ship Jose Gasparilla in 1914, firing her cannons to the delight of parade-goers. During WWI, she escorted 18 convoys in the North Atlantic, and, in 1918, was sunk off the coast of Gibraltar with more than 100 crew members - 24 from Tampa - aboard. Despite this storied history, few bay area residents know about the USS Tampa.

During the next Florida Conversations Lecture, WWI expert and USF Professor Jack Tunstall will discuss the WWI-era Coastguard ship, local WWI memorials, and Tampa's sacrifices during the Great War. Tunstall will be joined by local activist Nancy Turner, who is working to establish a memorial to the USS Tampa in Hillsborough County.

Florida Conversations is free and open to the public. It is underwritten by the TBHC Endowment Fund at USF with media sponsorship from WUSF Public Broadcasting. The series is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and the Tampa Bay History Center.
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By: Tampa Bay History Center

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