The wreck site of the USS Macon has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, just in time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the loss.
The Macon, a 785-foot dirigible named for the city, was one of the largest airships in the world, comparable in size to the Titanic. It was intended to serve as a scout ship for the Pacific Fleet and had the ability to launch and recover Sparrowhawk biplanes.
It was in service less than two years when it was damaged in a storm Feb. 12, 1935, and sank in the Pacific Ocean off Point Sur, south of San Francisco. All but two of the Macon’s 83 crewmen were rescued by nearby Navy ships.
The wreckage and four aircraft lie at a depth of more than 1,500 feet.
“The National Register listing highlights the importance of protecting the wreck site and its artifacts for further understanding our past,” Paul Michel, superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, said in a statement.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural places considered worth preserving.