Tenacious tows the newly-christened Captain Bart into position on the reef.
The State Police demolitions squad goes aboard to set the explosives.
But the anchor chain gets stuck ...
... and the new reef drifts in the wind and tide for nearly three hours.
Looking aft from the bow. Tugboat wake swirls in the distance
Looking up at the pilot house from the tugboat just before jumping over.
The view forward from the port-side bridge wing.
The inside of the bridge. Looks like junk to me, but I'm
sure it will all be quickly 'salvaged' by wreck hounds.
The sign says:
The Diversion II serves as press boat.
Explosives all set - time for everyone to get off.
Tenacious makes one final pass, and ...
The concussion could be felt even at a distance, as pieces of the wreck went flying.
Fires burn briefly after the explosion.
The Budweiser banner didn't make it.
At first the ship sinks very slowly ...
... but soon the tilt of the bow is unmistakable, as the stern plunges down ever-faster.
The metal hull creaks and groans as the ship sinks.
Now the pilot house is completely under.
Debris on the deck slides down into the water, like in Titanic.
The stern hits the bottom at 130 ft ...
... and the ship stands on end for several minutes ...
... digging down into the mud below ...
... before finally settling back down into the water.
YOG-58 disappears forever into a boiling mass of bubbles ...
... and becomes the newest addition to the Shark River Artificial Reef.