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100th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Jacob Jones

Written on: November 20th, 2017 in Collections Museums News

During service in World War I, the American destroyer USS Jacob Jones was torpedoed and sunk off the Scilly Islands, England on Dec. 6, 1917. Out of the 110 men who were aboard the ship that day, 64 lost their lives. The Jacob Jones was the first U.S. destroyer ever to be lost to enemy action. This year marks the 100th anniversary of its sinking.

USS Jacob Jones

The ship was named in honor of Commodore Jacob Jones (1768–1850) of Smyrna, Del., an American hero of the War of 1812. In 1814, the Delaware legislature commissioned the English-born, American artist Thomas Sully (1783–1872) to paint portraits of Jones and another Delaware hero of the War of 1812, Commodore Thomas Macdonough, for display in the House of Representatives chamber of The Old State House. The paintings still hang in that location.

Portrait of Commodore Jacob Jones by Thomas Sully

Portrait of Commodore Jacob Jones by Thomas Sully

Portrait of Commodore Thomas Macdonough by Thomas Sully

Portrait of Commodore Thomas Macdonough by Thomas Sully

Thomas Sully

Thomas Sully

 


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