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The Jacob Jones Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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JACOB JONES

The USS Jacob Jones was commissioned in October of 1918. She was 314 feet long had a 32 foot beam and displaced 1,090 tons. The warship could reach a top speed of 35 knots and was armed with four four-inch guns, two three-inch machine guns and twelve 21" torpedo tubes.

On February 28th 1942the Jacob Jones while patrolling the waters off Cape May was hit on the portside by 2 or possibly 3 torpedoes, fired by the U-578. All but 25 of her officers and crew were killed in the explosions. As the Jacob Jones went down her depth charges exploded killing some of the survivors adrift on rafts. A final count showed only 12 survivors and over 130 lost.

Jacob Jones Shipwreck. Photo courtesy Capt. George Hoffman.

Helm recovered from the Jacob Jones Shipwreck. Photo courtesy Capt. George Hoffman.


 

 
   

 

 

 

 
 

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