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