Wreckage of torpedoed WWI US Navy ship found by divers

The ship was reportedly sunk by German forces during the First World War more than a hundred years ago.

 USS Jacob Jones. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
USS Jacob Jones.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The wreckage of a US Navy ship from the First World War was discovered by divers, American media reported last week.

The ship was reportedly sunk by German forces during the war, which occurred over a century ago in 1917. They reportedly used a torpedo to sink the American vessel.

The divers discovered the destroyed ship off the coast of England, which is reportedly the first Navy ship that opposing forces managed to sink, the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) reported. The wreckage was reportedly found 400 feet underwater. The discovery was led by diver Mark Dixon, NavyTimes reported. Another diver said that months went into preparation for the trip.

The ones who found the wreckage are called Darkstar, a British group of expert divers, the New York Post reported citing the NHHC. The divers said that they didn't take any items from the wreckage and shared its location with the US State Department, CBS reported.

History of the ship

The ship, a Tucker-class destroyer named the USS Jacob Jones, was first launched two years prior to its sinking, the command said. 

 A view of the fully restored river monitor Sava, also known as SMS Bodrog, an Austro-Hungarian warship which fired the first shots during World War I, in Belgrade, Serbia. (credit:  REUTERS/ZORANA JEVTIC) A view of the fully restored river monitor Sava, also known as SMS Bodrog, an Austro-Hungarian warship which fired the first shots during World War I, in Belgrade, Serbia. (credit: REUTERS/ZORANA JEVTIC)

The website's information on the ship also states that of the 110 personnel on the ship, 64 drowned when it sank. The crew had less than ten minutes to escape on emergency rafts, and most were unable to do so, according to historians. German forces also took two prisoners of war and radioed an American base to send rescue ships, according to the NHHC.

The Jacob Jones was supposed to patrol and escort convoys around the UK, the New York Post reported.