Bad Weather Delays Sinking of Famous Ship

Posted by on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Officials planned to sink the USCGC Tamaroa, a United States Coast Guard ship, the ship was made famous in the book and film "The Perfect Storm," which is about the Halloween Storm of 1991, when fishermen are confronted by three raging weather fronts which unexpectedly collide to produce the greatest, fiercest storm in modern history.

Officials postponed the intentional sinking ironically due to bad weather.

The ship is set to become an artificial reef off the South Jersey shore.

USCGC Tamaroa was a United States Coast Guard cutter, originally the United States Navy Cherokee-class fleet tug USS Zuni (ATF-95).

The bulk of her USCG career was spent patrolling, working in drug interdiction, and fisheries protection. She was the first Coast Guard Cutter to arrive at the sinking Andrea Doria. She is perhaps most famous for a rescue described in the book The Perfect Storm (by Sebastian Junger); she rescued both the crew of the yacht Satori, as well as the crew of a downed Air National Guard helicopter.

She is currently sitting in Norfolk, VA, waiting to be environmentally cleaned, scuttled and turned into an artificial reef.




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