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I'm looking for recent dive/fishing reports of the Radford. If you've been there in the last year or two, I'd like to hear what you found. In particular, where is the stern now? I can find no reports since 2012.

Cape May Artificial Reef

New Jersey Reefs

8.5 Nautical Miles off Cape May

Cape May reef also contains large numbers of tire units and Army tanks ( not shown ) concentrated in the center area that appears here to be empty.

Cape May Artificial Reef


Becky Lee

Cape May Reef

Becky Lee reef

Type:
shipwreck, trawler, USA
Specs:
( 85 x 23 ft )
Sponsor:
Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association
Sunk:
Thursday July 25, 1991
GPS:
38°53.110' -74°01.030'
Depth:
60 ft

Becky Lee reef
The Becky Lee was a clam dredge


DPC-42 Cecilia J Brown

Cape May Reef

Cecilia J Brown reef

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat, USA
Built:
1944 Decatur AL USA
Specs:
( 81 x 24 ft )
Sponsor:
Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association, Artificial Reef Association, Sportfish Fund
Sunk:
Monday August 16, 1993
GPS:
38°52.950' -74°40.200'
Depth:
60 ft

Built in 1944, by Decatur Iron and Steel of Decatur, Alabama ( hull #DPC-42 ) as the DPC-42 for the United States Defense Plant Corporation. The tug was later sold and renamed Skipper, then Viatic. In 1957, she was acquired by the Dalzell Towing and Transportation Company (New Haven Transport Company) of New York, New York and renamed Dalzellance.

In 1965, the Dalzell Towing and Transportation Company was acquired by the McAllister Brothers Towing Company of New York, New York. In 1967, the tug was acquired by Thomas J. Brown and Son of New York, New York, and renamed Cecilia J. Brown. She was single screw, rated at 700 horsepower.


concrete

Cape May Reef

concrete slabs

Type:
4700 concrete slabs ( must be quite a pile )
Sponsor:
Delaware River Port Authority
Sunk:
1988

Deck slabs from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The same barge ( Weeks 297 ) was used to place Redbirds on the Shark River Reef, and probably others.


Georgia Moran

Cape May Reef

Georgia Moran reef

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat, USA
Built:
1949, Orange TX as Barbara Moran
Specs:
( 100 x 27 ft ) 238 tons
Sponsor:
Ann E Clark Foundation, South Jersey Fishing Center
Dedication:
Guido
Sunk:
Friday March 26, 2004
GPS:
38°51.465' -74°42.016'
Depth:
70 ft

Georgia Moran reef
Twins King's Point (top) and Georgia Moran (bottom).
See also Carol Moran.

The two tugs are very close together: King's Point is to the north-east of Georgia Moran.

Georgia Moran reef

Built in 1949, by Levingston Shipbuilding of Orange, Texas ( hull #443 ) as the Barbara Moran for the Moran Towing Company of New York, New York. The tug was the third of series of five Grace Moran class tugs designed by Naval Architect Joe Hack and built by the Levingston. The series of tugs were often referred to as "Moran's Cadillacs."

In 1971 the tug was transferred to the Curtis Bay Towing Company of Baltimore, Maryland, an affiliate of the Moran Towing Corporation of New York, where she was renamed Lambert Point. In 1988, the Curtis Bay Towing Company was absorbed into the Moran Towing Corporation, and she was renamed Georgia Moran. Powered by a single, Cleveland 16-278A diesel electric engine. She was a single screw tug, rated at 1,750 horsepower.

Georgia Moran reef
Georgia Moran reef

Georgia Moran reef


Kings Point

Cape May Reef

King's Point reef

Type:
shipwreck, tugboat, USA
Built:
1949, Madisonville LA
Specs:
( 100 x 27 ft ) 264 tons
Sponsor:
Ann E Clark Foundation, South Jersey Fishing Center
Dedication:
Allen R
Sunk:
Friday March 26, 2004
GPS:
38°51.475' -74°42.029'
Depth:
70 ft

King's Point reef
Twins King's Point (top) and Georgia Moran (bottom)
See also Carol Moran.

The two tugs are very close together: King's Point is to the north-east of Georgia Moran.

Built in 1956, by Equitable Equipment of Madisonville, Louisiana ( hull #931 ) for the Curtis Bay Towing Company of Baltimore, Maryland. In 1958, the company became an affiliate of the Moran Towing Corporation of New York, New York. In 1988, the Curtis Bay Towing Company was absorbed into the Moran Towing Corporation of New York, New York. She was a single screw tug, rated at 2,400 horsepower.

King's Point reef

King's Point reef

King's Point reef


Laita

Cape May Reef

Laita reef

Type:
shipwreck, trawler, USA
Specs:
( 120 x 24 ft )
Sponsor:
Eirek's Dock, Fisherman Magazine
Sunk:
Thursday October 16, 1986
GPS:
38°51.860' -74°42.965'
Depth:
65 ft

engine & pilot house removed, clam dredges added


Lisa Michelle

Cape May Reef

Lisa Michelle reef

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Specs:
( 110 x 30 ft )
Sponsor:
McNeil's Marina, Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association
Sunk:
Wednesday August 8, 1990
GPS:
38°53.505' -74°40.075'

Miss Beth

Cape May Reef

Miss Beth reef

Type:
shipwreck, trawler, USA
Specs:
( 80 ft )
Sunk:
Tuesday January 29, 2008
GPS:
38°53.237' -74°40.545'

Miss Beth reef
Miss Beth reef

You can tell a lot about the method of sinking from these pictures. In the first one, three rectangular tan patches are weakly welded over three holes that were cut in the hull above the waterline. There are three matching ones on the other side. They are located to open up any compartments inside the hull, which have likewise been holed.

In the second picture you can see the patches have been knocked out with a sledgehammer. Then a seacock is opened to start the flooding process. This is very slow, by itself, a seacock would take hours to sink the vessel. Hours and hours and hours. But with the big open holes in the hull, as soon as the first one touches the waterline, the process speeds up considerably.


Onondaga

Cape May Reef

Onondaga reef

Type:
shipwreck, barge, USA
Name:
An Indian tribe of central New York state, the Onondaga sided with the English in the French and Indian war.
Specs:
( 205 x 40 ft )
Sponsor:
Carbon Services Corp, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Artificial Reef Association, Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association, Sportfish Fund
Sunk:
Monday July 19, 1993
GPS:
38°53.770' -74°39.975'
Depth:
65 ft

Onondaga reefOnondaga reef
Onondaga reefOnondaga reef
Sometimes, things don't go as planned - the Onondaga flips over.

Onondaga reef side-scan
Side-scan sonar image of the upside-down tanker barge, with debris spilled out around. The large donuts are water-oil separators, approximately 20 feet across.


YON-97 "Rothenbach I"

Cape May Reef

Rothenbach I reef

Type:
shipwreck, barge, fuel oil, US Navy
Built:
1944, Brooklyn NY USA as YON-97
Specs:
( 165 x 35 ft ) 1270 displacement tons (full)
Sponsor:
Rothenbach & Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association
Sunk:
Wednesday June 11, 1997
GPS:
38°53.368' -74°39.800'

YCF-17 "Salt Barge"

Cape May Reef

Salt Barge reef

Type:
shipwreck, barge
Built:
circa 1940
Specs:
( 150 x38 ft )
Sponsor:
US Navy, NJCDC, Carbon Services Corp, Artificial Reef Association, Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association
Sunk:
Friday April 9, 1993
GPS:
38°50.959' -74°42.385'

The "Salt Barge" was used by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to carry saltwater to for testing of shipboard desalination equipment in port. It was loaded with tire units before sinking.

Salt Barge reef side-scan
Side-scan sonar image


Sea Transporter

Cape May Reef

Sea Transporter reef

Type:
shipwreck, trawler, USA
Specs:
( 135 x 36 ft )
Sponsor:
Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association, Atlantic Cape Fisheries, Artificial Reef Association
Sunk:
Friday August 21, 1992
GPS:
38°53.118' -74°40.190'
Depth:
70 ft

Winthrop

Cape May Reef

Winthrop reef

Type:
shipwreck, trawler, USA
Specs:
( 120 x 20 ft )
Sponsor:
Eirek's Dock, Fish America Foundation
Sunk:
Wednesday July 12, 1989
GPS:
38°50.825' -74°43.312'
Depth:
60 ft

Winthrop reefWinthrop reef
The Winthrop sank at its dock in Cape May and remained there for 5 years before being raised and re-sunk as a reef.

Winthrop reef side-scan
Side-scan sonar image


Wyoming

Cape May Reef

Wyoming reef

Type:
shipwreck, trawler, USA
Specs:
( 100 x 18 ft )
Sponsor:
Wyoming Boat Corp, Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association
Sunk:
Saturday Dec 7, 1991
GPS:
38°52.976' -74°40.620'

Wyoming reef side-scan
Side-scan sonar image of the wooden-hulled clam dredge Wyoming


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