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Delaware Artificial Reef #11

NJ Reefs

"Redbird Reef"

Delaware has quite an active Artificial Reef Program for such a small state. Most of its reefs are located in Delaware Bay, and consist of concrete, rock, and rubble, not really of interest to divers. Three of the reefs, Numbers 9, 10, and 11, are in the ocean. Of these, Number 11 is of special interest, since, in addition to three "wrecks" and numerous Army tanks, it contains 619 Redbird subway cars - cars that New Jersey turned away. At least they didn't go very far - these cars are actually closer than some of the 250 that New Jersey eventually sank in our own reefs !

Delaware Artificial Reef #11
3 tugboats sunk in one day: ( front to back )
Fells Point, Cittie Pointe, and William C Snow

Delaware Artificial Reef #11
619 Redbird cars just 16 miles off our coast !

Redbird Subway Cars Reef
Redbird Subway Cars Reef
Redbird Subway Cars Reef
Redbird Subway Cars Reef

The Red Bird reef site was begun in 1996, taking its name as a derivation of the "Redbird" paint-schemed subway cars donated in 2001 by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. To build the Red Bird Reef, 619 of the obsolete subway cars were sunk, each of them 51 feet long by nine wide, making a substantial bottom structure for an artificial reef.


Bay Tide

Delaware #11 Reef

Delaware Artificial Reef #11

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Built:
1958, Port Arthur, TX, as Margaret C
Specs:
( 110 ft )
Sunk:
Tuesday Jan 30, 2009
GPS:
38°40.540' -74°43.957'

Built in 1958, by Gulfport Shipbuilding of Port Arthur, Texas ( hull #525 ) as the Margaret C. for the A.L. Mechling Barge Lines of Joliet, Illinois. In 1978, the tug was acquired by the Crescent Towing and Salvage Company of New Orleans, Louisiana, and renamed Jason Smith. In 2000, she was acquired by Robbins Maritime Incorporated of Norfolk, Virginia. Where she was renamed Bay Tide. She was a single screw tug, rated at 1,800 horsepower.

Delaware Artificial Reef #11

Delaware Artificial Reef #11


Cittie Point

Delaware #11 Reef

Cittie Point reef
as Valmet

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Built:
1953, New Orleans, LA, as Valmet
Specs:
( 95 ft )
Sunk:
Monday June 2, 2008
GPS:
38°40.540' -74°43.957'

Cittie Point reef

Built in 1953, by Alexander Shipyards of New Orleans, Louisiana ( hull #550 ) as the Valmet for the Valentine Oil Transfer Corporation of New York, New York. In 1963, the tug was acquired by the Avondale Towing Line Incorporated of New York, New York, where she was renamed Michael Tracy.

The tug was later acquired by the Manhattan Oil Transportation Company of New York, New York, where the she retained her name. In 1980, the tug was acquired by Arthur Fournier of the Penobscot Bay Towing Company of Belfast, Maine, where it was renamed Brian F. In 1981, the tug was acquired by the Blaha Towing Company of Norfolk, Virginia, and renamed Cittie Pointe.

Delaware Artificial Reef #11
Cittie Pointe in the middle of the string


Crazy Horse

Delaware #11 Reef


Type:
shipwreck, trawler
Specs:
( 77 ft )
Sunk:
Friday Jan 30, 2009
GPS:
38°40.540' -74°43.957'

Delilah

Delaware #11 Reef

Matt Turecamo reef
I can find no pictures of Delilah, but here is a great-looking twin sister, DPC-14 Matt Turecamo

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Specs:
( 86 ft )
Sunk:
Friday Jan 15, 1999
GPS:
38°40.540' -74°43.957'
Depth:
75 ft

I can find only one listing for a tugboat "Delilah" on the entire internets. However, it is a very likely match:

Built as DPC-65 (0244342) by Decatur Iron & Steel Co, Decatur AL in 1943, then to the US Army as TD-42. Served briefly around 1973 with the Coast Guard as CG-85010 Research, then transferred to the State of Alabama Civil Defense as ASD-85 ( "Alabama State Docks". ) Sold in 1983 as Delilah.

The DPC ( "Defense Plant Corporation" ) tugboat was a huge class of harbor tugs built for the Army during World War Two. Thanks to the wonders of American standardized production, I present Delilah's eldest twin sister, DPC-1:

DPC-1
DPC-1 - DPC-65's eldest sister


Fells Point

Delaware #11 Reef

Fells Point Reef

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Built:
1956, Madisonville, LA
Specs:
( 110 ft )
Sunk:
Monday June 2, 2008
GPS:
38°40.540' -74°43.957'

Fells Point Reef

Built in 1956, by the Equitable Equipment Company Incorporated of Madisonville, Louisiana ( hull #933 ) as the Fells Point for the Curtis Bay Towing Company of Baltimore, Maryland. On the day it was launched in 1954, the 110 foot long ship docking tug was the highest horsepower commercial ship docking tug in the world, with a turbocharged 16-251 American Locomotive Company diesel engine.

In 1958, the Curtis Bay Towing Company was acquired by the Moran Towing Company of New York, New York. However, the Curtis Bay Towing Company operated as an affiliate of the Moran Towing Company. In 1988, the Curtis Bay Towing Company was absorbed into the Moran Towing Corporation.

Delaware Artificial Reef #11
Fells Point leads the string


Frieda Marie

Delaware #11 Reef

Frieda Marie reef

Type:
shipwreck, trawler
Specs:
( 85 ft )
Sunk:
Saturday, Jan 16, 2010
GPS:
38°40.540' -74°43.957'
Depth:

The Frieda Marie was a shrimper that ran aground near Assateague Island in August 2009 and apparently was a total loss. In the photo above, she is being de-fueled and re-floated.

Several vessels sunk on the Del-Jersey-land Reef - Artificial Reefs - New Jersey Scuba Diving Several vessels sunk on the Del-Jersey-land Reef.


Margaret

Delaware #11 Reef

Margaret reef

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Built:
1915, Staten Island NY, as Charles P. Crawford
Specs:
( 97 x 24 ft ) 171 gross tons
Sunk:
Thursday June 28, 2007
GPS:
38°40.540' -74°43.957'

Margaret reef

The 92-year-old tugboat Margaret was built by Staten Island Shipbuilding Co. for the Erie Railroad. Originally powered by a double-compound steam engine, the vessel is 97 feet long and 24 wide, weighed 171 gross tons. The Margaret was sunk in memory of Edward Hahn of Centreville, Md., an avid fisherman, and his family and friends funded preparation of the vessel for sinking off the Delaware coast.

Built in 1915, By the Staten Island Shipbuilding Company of Port Richmond Staten Island, New York as Charles P. Crawford for Erie Railroad Company of Jersey City, New Jersey. On May 8th, 1917 the tug was commissioned by the United States Navy as the SP-366 for minesweeping and towing. She was outfitted with two one pound guns.

On August 12th, 1919 the tug was sold and renamed Akron. She was then acquired by C.G. Willis and renamed Carteret. The tug was eventually acquired by Tucker Transportation of Camden, New Jersey, for the Oliver Transportation work, and renamed Margaret after the Express Marine Incorporated family matriarch. She was later acquired by Moorhead City Towing of Moorehead City, North Carolina.

Powered by double compound steam engine, rated 700 horspower, with 155psi scotch boiler. Later repowered with a single EMD diesel rated a 1,200 horsepower.

Margaret reef

Margaret reef


Margie Ann

Delaware #11 Reef


Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Built:
1950, Tampa, FL, as William H
Specs:
( 90 ft )
Sunk:
Tuesday June 19, 2001
GPS:
38°40.540' -74°43.957'

Built in 1950, by Tampa Marine Incorporated of Tampa, Florida ( hull #72 ) as William H. The tug was later sold and renamed Lisa R. She was eventually acquired by the Mobile Towing and Wrecking Company of Mobile, Alabama and renamed Austill Pharr. In 1971, the tug was acquired by the Moran Towing Company of New York, New York. In 1977, she was acquired by Tillett Tug and Barge Incorporated of Chesapeake, Virginia, and renamed Margie Ann. She was a single screw tug, rated at 900 horsepower.


Sandy Point

Delaware #11 Reef

Sandy Point reef

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Built:
1947, Port Arthur, TX, as Captain Chris Harms
Specs:
( 85 ft )
Sunk:
Wednesday March 10, 2010
GPS:
38°40.540' -74°43.957'

Built in 1947, by Gulfport Shipbuilding of Port Arthur, Texas (hull #273) as Captain Chris Harms for Harms Marine Services Incorporated of Houston, Texas. In 1964, the tug was acquired by the Moran Towing Company subsidiary Curtis Bay Towing Company of Baltimore, Maryland, where she was renamed Sandy Point. In 1980, she was acquired by the Crescent Towing and Salvage Company of New Orleans, Louisiana, and renamed Lillian Smith. In 1991, the Crescent Towing and Salvage Company renamed the tug as the Fort Conde. The tug was single screw, rated at 1,000 horsepower.


William C Snow

Delaware #11 Reef

Delaware Artificial Reef #11
William C. Snow brings up the rear

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat
Specs:
( 55 ft )
Sunk:
Monday June 2, 2008
GPS:
38°40.540' -74°43.957'

The William C. Snow was a 55 foot long barge-towing tugboat that was launched in 1962 in Virginia.


YC-1479

Delaware #11 Reef


Type:
shipwreck, barge
Built:
1953, New Orleans LA, as BCL-1103
Specs:
( 110 x 34 ft ) 144 tons
Sunk:
Friday Oct 20, 2000
GPS:
38°40.540' -74°43.957'


YOG-93, later IX-523

Delaware #11 Reef

YOG-93 reef

Type:
shipwreck, tanker, US Navy
Built:
1945, Camden, NJ
Specs:
( 174 x 33 ft ) 1390 tons
Sunk:
Monday June 25, 2007
GPS:
38°40.xxx' -74°43.xxx'

YOG-93 reef

The Navy tanker YOG-93 was built by RTC Shipbuilding of Camden, NJ in 1945 as a coastal gasoline tanker for use in the planned invasion of Japan. The single-screw diesel tanker was most recently used by Navy Seals in tactics training and boarding party training.

YOG-93 reef

YOG-93 reef


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