Tugboat Sunk

Digging into the archives, I found photos of the sinking of the Delilah, an old tugboat that finally found new life as an artificial reef.

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The photo is a scan from an negative, with the original image made in the late 1990’s. Here’s a fuzzy shot of the last moments of the sinking:

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In fact, I think this was in January of 1998 off the mouth of the Delaware Bay. Surely the hulk is still down there making a home for sea creatures.

Scuba Subway

In my past career, I built artificial reefs by sinking ships and concrete pipe among other materials. In the early 2000’s, New York City decided to dispose of some of their obsolete subway cars by deploying them in the ocean for the purpose of building reefs. They were distributed down the east coast, some as far as South Carolina, where the following footage was taken. Scuba dive on the subway line to Davey Jones’ locker.

Amazing footage! The sea turtle was particularly impressive as were the numbers of fish seen only ten months after deployment. Reef building is good for the environment. It creates new habitat that forms the basis for the entire marine ecosystem. This video is proof.