Cape May-Lewes Ferry sunk for reef project

The MV Twin Capes became part of an artificial reef

This is what happened to a recently retired Cape May-Lewes ferry, which has been designated as a new "artificial reef" and was intentionally sunk about 26 miles off the coast of DE this past weekend. When a buyer that could reuse the ferry could not be found, the vessel was sold for salvage and reef duty.

Delaware-Surf-Fishing.com captured Friday's sinking. The bulk of the action occurred within just six minutes.

According to Jeff Tinsman, who is the Artificial Reef Coordinator for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Fish and Wildlife said that this ferry is now going to be a part of the unique community.

The 2,100-ton ferry was one of the original three vessels of the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) 1970s fleet.

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DE state officials say the vessel may be the best addition yet to the reef, thanks to a 1980's retrofit that included new decks, lounges and pilot houses. It says the old ferry will help enhance habitat for marine creatures and offer recreational diving opportunities. The ferry will result in the formation of habitats that will likely attract tuna, sharks, and even barracudas, depending on the season.

The Del-Jersey-Land submerged reef also includes the ex-destroyer USS Arthur W. Redford and the Zuni/Tamaroa, a harbor tug that later survived the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II and eventually became a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter.

The ship went down at 11:55 AM on the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Artificial Reef which is equidistant from Lewes, Delaware, Cape May, New Jersey and Ocean City, Maryland.

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