Cape May-Lewes Ferry sunk for reef project

Mindy Sparks
June 20, 2018

The 2,100-ton ferry was one of the original three vessels of the DRBA's 1970s fleet.

On Friday, Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) sank the retired ferry Twin Capes at an artificial reef site off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey.

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is the ferry system in the United State and it is operated by the Delaware River and Bay authority, be composed of three vessels and two terminals.

It joins several other vessels at the bottom of the ocean expanding the Del-Jersey-Land Inshore artificial reef-a habitat for fish and a destination for scuba divers.


Twin Capes never attracted a commercial buyer, but she has strong potential as a component of the artificial reef, DNREC said.

"Just the way it is built". Tinsman witnessed the sinking and also make sure that the Twin Capes should be at the precise location as it was planned before.

Twin Capesjoined the Del-Jersey-Land reef's submerged fleet that includes the ex-destroyerUSS Arthur W. Radford, which went down in 2011 as the longest ship reefed on the East Coast, and theZuni/Tamaroa, the one-time harbor tug and Battle of Iwo Jima survivor turned US Coast Guard cutter that plied Atlantic waters for nearly 50 years. The 560 long Radford is the longest ship was sunk at the Atlantic oceans, but according to the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the 360 long twin capes is more beneficial for both fishing and recreational diving opportunities.

Going forward, Tinsman expects that the Twin Capes will remain on the ocean floor for "at least a century", as it continues providing shelter and food for marine life.

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