WWII ship sunk for divers

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Florida’s divers have just gotten a new place to play.

Florida’s divers have just gotten a new place to play. A former World War II warship has been sunk 28 nautical miles off of Sanibel Island on Florida’s southwest coast to create an artificial reef.

The U.S.S. Mohawk CGC, or “Mighty Mo” as she’s affectionately known, fought submarines between 1942 and 1945 in the Battle of the Atlantic, though her greatest claim to fame was being the last ship to radio Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower that the weather was clearing for the D-Day invasion.

Now 90 feet under water, her replica guns, huge smokestack, crow’s nest, bridge, deckhouse and massive propeller make an exceptional wreck dive site. The challenge of descending the smoke stack and exploring the engine room will particularly appeal to experienced divers.

To celebrate the creation of U.S.S. Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef, celebrity adventurer Pat Croce has hidden artifacts from his St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum aboard the old warship, including an 18th century rum bottle with authentic 17th century shot (nonexplosive projectile) and a hand-drawn treasure map inside. Croce also secreted a case of premium, aged Caribbean Pyrat Rum. Good news for the first diver to discover the treasure – it’s theirs to keep.

Check out the explosion and sinking in this video…

…and see her starting out her new submarine life in this video shot 3 hours after the sinking…

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(Images: USS Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef)

WWII ship sunk for divers was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (523 posts)

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