Watch a Decommissioned Ferry Disappear into the Depths

The Cape May-Lewes ferry was deliberately sunk about 30 miles offshore to create an artificial reef.

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For decades, the Cape May-Lewes ferry has been carrying cars and passengers across the Delaware bay, but the ferry has recently taken its last passenger. The ship was retired, and on Friday it was deliberately sunk 26 miles off the coast to create an artificial reef. A drone was there to capture footage of the ship sinking:

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Artificial reefs are often created in otherwise featureless regions of the seafloor to increase marine life. Fish, coral, and other animals can make their homes in the hulls of wrecked ships, turning a barren region of the ocean into a region teeming with life. In a few years, this area will be ideal for fishing and diving.

The Cape May-Lewes ferry joins several other ships at the site, the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Artificial Reef. The reef site includes the ex-destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford, sunk in 2011, and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa, formerly the Navy cutter Zuni, which saw action in the Battle of Iwo Jima. The site also contains the wreck of the USS Ely, a former Navy patrol craft; the USS Cruise, a former Navy minesweeper; and the USNS Shearwater, a former Navy survey support ship.

Source: Delaware Online

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