If you are in the neighborhood and want to see a ship sink


The much loved Texas Clipper will be sunk on this Thursday as part of the ships to reef program. Those from Texas A&M Galveston will remember the 473ft ship as a classroom from 65-94. Those older might remember the ship as the USS Queens, a troop and wounded carrier during WWII. Will try to post pictures as the come available.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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3 comments on “If you are in the neighborhood and want to see a ship sink
  1. But… aren’t those metals valuable? What will happen when operating mines will cost more than scavenging those ships?

  2. Wow! That looks like it would be a really fun dive in a few years, after it gets some good growth. The above people who don’t like the idea haven’t been on an artificial reef, I guess. I live in Victoria, BC, and there are quite a few artificial reefs around here that are really popular dive sites. The tires in Florida were not really a good idea, but a great big ship won’t fall apart like that. The ships-to-reef program sounds really interesting, and perhaps I’ll have to plan a little dive vacation there in the next few years.

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