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Log from a World War II ship that mysteriously sank off the coast of Florida ends up on a piece of furniture in Massachusetts

A notebook discovered in a piece of furniture in Massachusetts turned out to be a written log of a U.S. Navy destroyer’s voyages to Europe and back during World War II, officials said. The book appears to appear in good physical condition in images shared online, despite being linked to the USS Amesbury, which ultimately sank off the coast of Florida.

The artifact found contains a hardcover cover, binding pages of lined paper. A single page, photographed and shared by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, shows a voyage report of the warship between June 13, 1944 and May 31, 1945. Within that time frame, the destroyer apparently traveled across the Atlantic Ocean several times, stopping in New York, Key West, Philadelphia and Annapolis in the US, as well as Panama and the United Kingdom.

“A small, military green notebook containing information about the USS Amesbury was discovered by Brenda O’Keefe of Massachusetts in a piece of furniture,” the Navy Reserve said in a Facebook post with images of the logbook and cover.

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“Although the author of the book is unknown, it describes many of the ship’s activities and voyages during World War II,” the post continued. “The Amesbury, known locally as Alexander’s Wreck, was an escort to a US Navy destroyer that was being towed to deep water off an artificial reef when it ran aground and broke up in a storm before it could be refloated. “

A small, military green notebook containing information about the USS Amesbury was discovered by Brenda O’Keefe of…

Posted by NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Tuesday, April 9, 2024

A notable entry in the book, dated April 7, 1945, reads: “The war ended with Germany” – although Germany did not officially surrender until May 7 of that year.

CBS News reached out to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which manages the Florida Keys Marine Reserve, for more information but did not immediately receive a response.

The Amesbury was introduced in 1943 as a World War II convoy escort, a role it continued in until the end of the war when it completed four round trips between the U.S. and the United Kingdom, according to Naval History and Heritage. Command. Overseas, the destroyer stopped at Londonderry and Lishally, in Ireland, and at Greenock, Scotland. The ship was eventually awarded a Battle Star for its services off Normandy Beach, France.

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According to the organization Dive Center Key West, Navy officials decommissioned the warship in 1946 and placed it in reserve. The 300-foot former destroyer ran aground and broke apart as it was pulled further out to sea to form an artificial reef, and now lies on the ocean floor about five miles off Key West. Known as Alexander’s Wreck, water levels at the site are relatively shallow, at 25 feet, and the wreck itself has become a popular spot for divers.

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