WIRTH WATCHING: The Story of the USS Utah


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – As we reflect on the fight to preserve freedom this July 4, Craig Wirth recalls Utah’s important role in naval history.

On July 2, Wirth speaks from the USS Utah.

“The USS Utah was perhaps the most modern ship of all when it set sail 110 years ago,” Wirth shares. “It was a story that begins with awesome technology, power and pride. Plus, it was built with a touch of elegance right down to the silver service for the plates.

According to the historian, the USS Utah was launched in 1911. Its objective was to cross the seas by steam… as a battleship.

Wirth says the USS Utah was protecting American interests, including the new Panama Canal.

“Its modern 12-inch guns were a fierce force at the time, and its five turrets were the best in the navy. The elite turret crews trained with the best gear… However, they knew when it was time to get off deck when the shake cannons were fired.

Wirth says the USS Utah is a colorful story that takes a sad turn and ends in tragedy.

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