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Sink The Vandenberg

Sink The Vandenberg

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An artificial reef is a ship or other such structure which is sunk in the hopes of promoting marine life in an area which does not have a natural reef.

Artificial reefs are sometimes used to protect coastlines as well.

In this case, crews plan to sink the decommissioned Gen.

Hoyt S.

Vandenberg on Wednesday morning about seven miles off Key West.

The Gen.

Hoyt S.

Vandenberg is a 17,000-ton, 523-foot-long ship that was first built as a cargo ship in World War II.

Once the process is done, it's expected to sink onto a sandy bottom in 140 feet of clear water.That also brings up another reason for creating an artificial reef: tourism.

Officials in the Florida Keys expect that once the "Sink the Vandenberg" project is complete, it will generate up to $8 million in tourism-related revenue.The Vandenberg will become the second-largest ship intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef.

The 510-foot USS Spiegel Grove off Key Largo is currently the second largest, with the 904-foot aircraft carrier USS Oriskany, sunk 24 miles off Pensacola, FL, the largest.The Vanderberg will be getting some serious screen-time as news crews watch the sinking, but it's biggest claim to fame, perhaps was when invaded by aliens when it was a Russian science ship called Academician Vladislav Volkov during the sci-fi thriller Virus, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis.You can see the history of the Gen.

Hoyt S.

Vanderberg here.
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