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The story about this desteoyer and its' bow was on the History channels' "Deep Sea Detectives".
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Note that ships lost or severly damaged (including lost bows or fantails) during collisions was hardly unheard-of. A quick seach includes the following:
CA-29 Chicago collided with freighter Silver Palm on 25.10.1933, bow severly damaged, three killed.
BB-56 Washington collided with BB-58 Indiana on 1.2.1944, bow severly damaged.
DD-500 Ringgold collided with DD-541 Yarnall on 4.3.1945, Ringgold lost her bow, Yarnall had one killed, six injured.
DD-510 Eaton collided with BB-64 Wisconsin in 1956, bow severly damaged.
AVD-11 Thornton collided with AO-51 Ashtabula and AO-70 Escalante on 5.4.1945.
DD-308 William Jones collided with DD-298 Percival on 31.1.1926.
DD-846 Ozbourn collided with DD-717 Theodore E. Chandler in 1948 and lost her bow.
HMS Newark (ex-USS DD-89 Ringgold) collided with HMS Newmarket (ex-USS DD-88 Robinson) on 5.12.1940 and again with HMS Volunteer on 10.4.1941.
There are other examples in US Navy, and more similar occurances in other navies.
CA-36 Minneapolis lost her bow from a torpedo hit.
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On Wiki there are a couple of good photos of the New Orleans still afloat and missing all afore of Turret B. The damage amidships from the collision is visible on the port side
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