Wreck of the Navy destroyer USS Jacob Jones found by divers off the coast of England

Divers off the coast of England believe they have found the wreckage of a US destroyer sunk by a torpedo from a German U-boat during the height of hostilities in World War I.

The US Naval History and Heritage Command announced on Friday that Darkstar, a group of experienced divers from the UK, has found wreckage from 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 she sank on 6 December.

The destroyer was 60 miles off the coast of England near the English Channel when a torpedo struck a meter below the waterline.

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

It is believed that only 46 of the 110 crew members survived the attack.

Sinking of the USS Jacob Jones.
The USS Jacob Jones sank off the coast of England after being hit by torpedoes.
Naval History and Heritage Command

The NHHC says after the sinking, a German submarine commander took two prisoners of war from the frigid waters and radioed a nearby American base of the need for rescue ships.

Because the 1,000-plus-ton destroyer sank so quickly, her final resting place remained a mystery for over a century.

British divers estimate the ship is at a depth of 400 feet and said they did not remove any objects from the wreck site during the recent excursion.

Surviving members of the USS Jacob Jones.
The surviving crew members of the USS Jacob Jones.
Naval History and Heritage Command

Historians consider the destroyer a workhorse, responsible for rescuing hundreds of survivors from torpedoed ships before suffering a similar fate.

By the end of the war in November 1918, Germany is believed to have been responsible for the sinking of more than 5,000 merchant ships and around 100 warships.

Historians say that despite the best efforts, the German forces could not overcome the Allies’ sea capabilities and sheer numbers.

The divers intend to work with the US Embassy to determine next steps for the ship.

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