DE ferry intentionally sunk to become a reef

Christopher Davidson
June 20, 2018

After thousands of trips between Cape Henlopen and Cape May, the 2100 tons Friday, June 2018 was the end of the journey of the twin Capes and it is a third vessel that sunk at the Atlantic ocean reef site.

The ship was christened in 1975 and was a longtime part of Delaware Bay's Cape May-Lewes Ferry fleet. The ferry, which started operations over 40 years ago, has joined the 327 subway cars from New York City and several military vessels that form the Del-Jersey-Land artificial reef.

The sunken ferry will expand and enhance fish habitat and offer extraordinary opportunities for deep-sea diving.

It is said to be 1 of the 14 artificial reefs in the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The ferry will result in the formation of habitats that will likely attract tuna, sharks, and even barracudas, depending on the season.

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Friday's sinking off Twin cape was carried out by Norfolk, Virginia based marine contractor Coleen marine.

Twin Capesjoined the Del-Jersey-Land reef's submerged fleet that includes the ex-destroyerUSS Arthur W. Radford, which went down in 2011 as the longest ship reefed on the East Coast, and theZuni/Tamaroa, the one-time harbor tug and Battle of Iwo Jima survivor turned US Coast Guard cutter that plied Atlantic waters for nearly 50 years.

While it is considerably shorter than the Radford at only 320-feet-long, officials believe that the Twin Capes has the potential to be the "best addition" to Delaware's artificial reef system for diving, regardless whether it's for fishing or recreational purposes.

However, Twin Capes ran into difficulties after the refit.

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