Vandenberg in Davy Jones’ locker”The USS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg is on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, in about 140 feet of water seven miles off Key West. Divers have confirmed that it is sitting upright, with the keel in the sand.The former troop transport ship successfully sunk in about three minutes at about 10:21 a.m. today. After three audible explosions, plumes of smoke rose and the ship slowly descended, apparently settling upright on the bottom. “It’s looking good, it’s looking good, it’s going down straight,” Capt. Sheri Lohr said as the Vandenberg gradually disappeared. “For once I’m speechless.” Lohr is one of the co-founders of project organizer Artificial Reefs of the Keys.Sinking the 522-foot-long mothballed Navy ship, the world’s second-largest artificial reef, was a decade-long project.”
This would be incredible to dive as soon as possible and then go back a few years later to see how its changed.
I remember diving on the Mahi Mahi in Hawaii shortly after it was sunk. We’ve been back a few times since and was amamzing how it changed. Our last visit in 2005 was disapointing. All that’s left is a portion of the hull.