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Sovereignty at SeaU.S. Merchant Ships and American Entry into World War I$
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Rodney Carlisle

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037622

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037622.001.0001

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Housatonic and Lyman M. Law

Housatonic and Lyman M. Law

(p.75) 6 Housatonic and Lyman M. Law
Sovereignty at Sea

Rodney Carlisle

University Press of Florida

The first two US ships destroyed under the German policy of Unrestricted submarine warfare were the Houstonic and the Lyman M. Law. In each case, the crews were safely evacuated; the cargos of the ships were inspected and found to contain contraband; the ships were destroyed and all the merchant sailors reached port safely. Consequently, the loss of these two ships in February 1917 did not constitute overt acts of war from Wilson's point of view, since they conformed to established rules of blockade. Meanwhile, however, warhawks inside and outside the US government demanded stronger action against Germany.

Keywords:   Houstonic, Lyman M. Law, Warhawks

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