VIDEO: Former Ferry Becomes A Reef

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The MV Twin Capes, a 320-foot ferry that plied the waters of the Delaware Bay between Cape May, New Jersey, and Lewes, Delaware, for almost 40 years, was sunk 26 nautical miles out to sea to become the “crown jewel” of an artificial reef.

The ferry was built in 1975, was refurbished in 1996 and decommissioned in 2013 when it became too expensive to operate. It was sunk in 130 feet of water where it will provide habitat for fish and become a destination for recreational fishermen and scuba divers.

The sinking, which was accomplished by cutting holes in the hull and by opening valves inside the vessel, was over in a matter of minutes and captured by a drone camera.