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Divers find wreckage of first US Navy destroyer sunk by enemy fire

Added 08-14-22 03:18:02am EST - “Over 100 years later, divers have found a missing US Naval Ship that sank off the coast of England after being hit by a torpedoes.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Divers find wreckage of first US Navy destroyer sunk by enemy fire”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Divers off the coast of England believe they have found the wreckage of a U.S. destroyer that was sunk by a torpedo from a German submarine during the height of hostilities in World War I.

The U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command announced Friday that Darkstar, a group of expert divers from the UK, found wreckage belonging to the USS Jacob Jones off the southwestern tip of England.

The ship was tasked with patrolling and escorting convoys around the United Kingdom from May 1917 until its sinking on December 6.

The destroyer was 60 miles off the coast of England, near the English Channel, when a torpedo struck three feet below the water line.

Historians said in the eight minutes sailors had until the ship sank, less than half the crew found refuge aboard emergency rafts.

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