Historic shipwreck discovered off Southern California coast

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials have discovered a historic shipwreck: a San Francisco-based U.S. Coast Guard cutter that sank off the coast of Southern California 100 years ago.

On Tuesday, officials will host a news conference to highlight the ship's history and to pay tribute to the ship and its crews - including two crewmen who died in the line of duty.

Researchers will also tell the story of the underwater exploration that led to the shipwreck's discovery.

The USCGC McCulloch began its career during the Spanish American War. Cutters based in San Francisco in the late 1800s and early 1900s represented American interests throughout the Pacific.

The recently discovered cutter patrolled the West Coast and was dispatched to enforce fur seal regulations in the Pribilof Islands off the coast of Alaska, where it also served as a floating courtroom in remote areas.

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