• November 26, 2021

The Stone Vessel Sinks, A Nautical-Historic Ship Goes Down

The wreck of a U.S. Navy cutter the Stone Vessel sank in a storm near Newport News, Virginia, early Saturday.

The cutter, the Nimitz-class Destroyer Nimitz, had been under the care of the Navy’s destroyer and aircraft carrier, the USS Fitzgerald, when it went down near the mouth of the Potomac River, according to Navy Capt. Mike Torkildsen, commanding officer of the Nimke Island Naval Shipyard in Newport News.

Nimitz-Class Destroyer Nimrod sank in storm near Norfolk, Virginia in March1940.

The ship sank after a collision with a towboat that was traveling westbound near Newport, Torkoldsen said.

The vessel was carrying 438 men and two aircraft carriers.

The Fitzgerald, the flagship of the U. S. Navy, was not damaged.

Navy officials said no survivors were reported.