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Collision Damage on USS William Jones (DD-308)

Collision Damage on USS William Jones (DD-308)


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Collision Damage on USS William Jones (DD-308)

Here we see the damage caused to the Clemson class destroyer USS William Jones (DD-308) by a collision with her sister ship USS Percival (DD-298). The Percival struck the port side of the William Jones on the night of 31 January 1926 while they were in the Coronado Roads, California, about to depart for the Panama Canal Zone. The Percival's bow pierced the side of the William Jones and hit her port forward oil tank, cut three deep gashes in the hull and cracked several frame plates. As a result the William Jones had to move to the San Diego Destroyer Base for repairs in the dry dock. In contrast the Percival was undamaged, and was able to continue on her way.


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