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VIDEO: USS Kittiwake scuttled

The new year started with a bang in the Cayman Islands as the Kittiwake sank to its shallow resting place on Jan. 7. The former submarine rescue ship was scuttled off the Cayman Islands' Seven Mile Beach, where it will provide a snorkeling and dive attraction.

Click play to watch the scuttling of Kittiwake as it appeared from the waterline and under the water.

The 251-foot vessel became fully submerged at 2:37 p.m. , and it now rests upright at 64 feet. Divers and snorkelers can find her only 10 feet from the surface. More than 30 boats filled with onlookers watched and more than 10,000 people viewed the event live online as the ship's stern filled quickly with water and she disappeared beneath the surface.

kittiwake_insideThe USS Kittiwake ASR 13 was built by Savannah (Ga.) Machinery and Foundry and launched in 1945. She was powered by diesel electric propulsion and served out of Norfolk, Va., until her decommissioning in 1994. Although her full displacement was 2,193 tons, much of the equipment and steel on board were removed before she was scuttled. Her displacement is now about 1,800 tons.

To see photos and more video of the Kittiwake and for information about how to book a dive, visit www.kittiwakecayman.com.

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2 Friday, 14 January 2011 23:14
Actually the US Navy puts them up for salvage bids first. The problem is no can afford to salvage them and make a decent profit because of all of the safety requirements and OSHA requirements. Most of the time the defense department gives them way and the states pay the cost of making them safe as well diver safe. Even the Cost to remove that 20,000 lb prop is staggering.
1 Friday, 14 January 2011 19:45
WL Coleman
Well, I know a lot of people think these artificial reefs are a great idea, but I just can't get myself around throwing away thousands of tons of good steel. And the Prop! What possible good is several thousands of pounds of bronze on the ocean floor?
Why don't they make these reefs with rubble from all the 20 year old WalMarts they are tearing down?
Am I missing something?
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