American Cruise Line's Sells / Donates The American Glory as an Artificial Reef Off of the Delaware Coast.
I missed this news worthy item from November of 2019.
|he 215-foot-long cruise ship American Glory slips below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean off the Delaware coast|
There was no emergency response when a cruise ship sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean about 16 miles off the coast of Delaware’s Indian River Inlet. Instead of sounding the alarm Monday, state leaders celebrated.
The American Glory is the latest addition to an artificial reef. For more than 20 years, old ships have been given new life there as a gathering site for fish on the bottom of the sea. Delaware’s Redbird Inshore Artificial Reef has also become the final resting place for nearly 1,000 New York City subway cars that bore the “redbird” paint scheme.
The latest addition to the reef carried passengers in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters for 15 years. The 215-foot-long ship is the largest ship of the Redbird site, which also includes tugboats, barges, and armored military vehicles.
The ship was stripped of all loose furnishings, oils, fuel and potentially toxic items before she was intentionally sunk.
Because the sandy underwater landscape off the Delaware coast is fairly barren, there’s not much to draw fish. Adding a few hundred subway cars and a cruise ship goes a long way to making it more attractive for both marine visitors and humans looking to see or catch them.
It is reported that American Cruise Lines had donated / sold the 17 year old ship to be used as an artificial reef rather than sell the ship on the open market. Because the ship was built in the United States, if the ship was sold, it could be used in competing markets against American Cruise Line. The line chose to use the ship as an artificial reef rather than risk the competition.
Check out this video on the facebook page of Coleen Marine of the sinking of the American Glory
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