Feel-Good Friday

A World War I United States destroyer has been found approximately forty miles off the Isles of Scilly. The USS Jacob Jones was found on August 11th after a diving team found the wreckage.

The USS Jacob Jones was one of six Tucker-class destroyers, designed by and built for the US Navy before the nation entered World War One. The Jacob Jones was the first modern warship ever sunk by the enemy—torpedoed off the Isles of Scilly in 1917 by a German submarine.

Toward the end of the article, there is a section which shows the bravery and honor from American and German sailors. Just an amazing story.

“This is such an exciting find,” said Dominic Robinson, one of the team’s divers. “The ship, lost for over 100 years, has been on a lot of people’s wish lists because of its historical weight.”

Jacob Jones measured at 315 feet (96 meters) long and just over 30 feet (9.1 meters) wide, was armed with eight 21 inch torpedo tubes, and four four-inch guns. She was powered by a pair of steam turbines which were able to propel the vessel to a speed of up to 30 knots (34.5 miles per hour).

Also, if you take a moment, a quick history of Jacob Jones can be found here. A remarkable man.

One thought on “Feel-Good Friday

  1. I took up technical diving to find & explore shipwrecks such as these. Not for my ego, but to honor the men who sailed these ships and the sacrifice they made in defending our country. I was part of several expeditions in the Gulf of Thailand, and would not trade that experience for anything.

    To those “still on patrol,” may God grant you peace. Thank you for your sacrifice.


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