Cape May ferry filmed sinking off coast to expand artificial reef

Lewes Ferry Twin Capes Delaware Artificial Reef

On Friday, the former MV Twin Capes, part of the Cape May-Lewes fleet, was taken to a point 26 miles off the Atlantic coast and intentionally submerged.

The MV twin cape is one of the original three vessels of the 1970 fleet.

The ferry was christened 43 years ago in the Delaware Bay and made thousands of trips back and forth between its namesakes Cape Henlopen, Delaware and Cape May, New Jersey before being retired. In the 1990s, the ferry got an upgrade.

The ferry sunk into the Atlantic Ocean at 11:55 a.m. on the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore Artificial Reef.

"This will really be the crowning jewel", read a statement from Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control artificial reef coordinator Jeff Tinsman. This ship was said to be the ideal fish habitat, and it can attract sharks, tuna, and other marine animals. "The entire vessel has such a high profile that it is going to provide plenty of food for fish to feed on as well as protecting them from predators and storms". He witnessed the sinking of the MV Twin Capes, which he ensured will sink at the exact location that was specified for it.

In a web posting, DE authorities say the ferry's 70-foot vertical profile will attract sharks, tuna and other fish.

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.

However, Twin Capes ran into difficulties after the refit.

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