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 (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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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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