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YOG-58 "Captain Bart"

Shark River Reef

Captain Bart reef

Type:
shipwreck, tanker, US Navy ( YW-83 class / YO-65 class )
Built:
1944, as YOG-58
Specs:
( 174 x 33 ft ) 1390 displacement tons (full)
Sponsor:
GPPCBA, Crown Beer Distributors, Budweiser
Dedication:
Captain Bart Rozanski
Sunk:
Friday June 9, 2000
GPS:
40°07.103' -73°41.479'
Depth:
130 ft

The " Captain Bart" came to rest on her port side, much like the Pinta. Minimum depth is about 100 ft. The blast holes in the bottom ( now the side ) are near the top of the wreck and large enough to fit through. There is a sparse debris field off the stern. The washout around the hull goes as deep as 140 feet in spots.

Ironically, as a "yard craft" who's duties were mainly to ferry fuel to and from ships in port, this could well have been the furthest out to sea that the old YOG-58 had ever gone. The YW-83 class appears to be the same as the YO-65 class. The "G" stands for gasoline.

Sinking of the 'Captain Bart' - Artificial Reefs - New Jersey Scuba Diving The noisy sinking of the tanker 'Captain Bart' on the Shark River Reef. Video by Steve Nagiewicz.

Captain Bart reef
Tenacious tows the newly-christened Captain Bart into position on the reef.

Captain Bart reef
The State Police demolitions squad goes aboard to set the explosives.

Captain Bart reef
But the anchor chain gets stuck ...

Captain Bart reef
... and the new reef drifts in the wind and tide for nearly three hours.

Captain Bart reef
Looking aft from the bow. Tugboat wake swirls in the distance

Captain Bart reef
Looking up at the pilot house from the tugboat just before jumping over.

Captain Bart reef
The view forward from the port-side bridge wing.

Captain Bart reef
The inside of the bridge. Looks like junk to me, but I'm
sure it will all be quickly 'salvaged' by wreck hounds.

Captain Bart reef
The sign says:

Captain Bart reef

Captain Bart reef
The Diversion II serves as press boat.

Captain Bart reef
Explosives all set - time for everyone to get off.

Captain Bart reef
Tenacious makes one final pass, and ...

Captain Bart reef
Ka-boom !

Captain Bart reef
The concussion could be felt even at a distance, as pieces of the wreck went flying.

Captain Bart reef
Fires burn briefly after the explosion.

Captain Bart reef
The Budweiser banner didn't make it.

Captain Bart reef
At first the ship sinks very slowly ...

Captain Bart reef
... but soon the tilt of the bow is unmistakable, as the stern plunges down ever-faster.

Captain Bart reef
The metal hull creaks and groans as the ship sinks.

Captain Bart reef
Now the pilot house is completely under.

Captain Bart reef
Debris on the deck slides down into the water, like in Titanic.

Captain Bart reef
The stern hits the bottom at 130 ft ...

Captain Bart reef
... and the ship stands on end for several minutes ...

Captain Bart reef
... digging down into the mud below ...

Captain Bart reef
... before finally settling back down into the water.

Captain Bart reef
YOG-58 disappears forever into a boiling mass of bubbles ...

Captain Bart reef
... and becomes the newest addition to the Shark River Artificial Reef.

Captain Bart reef
A sister ship on duty

"Captain Bart" is a twin to the "Mako Mania " and the "John Dobilas". See construction for more photos of this class of ship.


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