[MARINE_BIOLOGY_INTERNATIONAL] USS Mohawk prepares for sinking


USS Mohawk prepares for sinking

Jul 01, 2012 10:44 AM EDT


A World War II ship is preparing to become a new veteran's memorial on Monday.

At 11 a.m. July 2, the county's Marine Services Program and Reefmakers LLC, a Key West company that specializes in sinking ships as artificial reefs, is scheduled to scuttle the 165-foot World War II Coast Guard cutter Mohawk

Construction workers cleaned the USS Mohawk for the past two months and say now it's ready for its final assignment.

Sunday morning crews will tow the ship out to the Gulf and anchor it there until it's decent on Monday.

Monday, crews will sink it in 90 feet of water and turn it into an artificial reef for scuba divers and anglers.

It is a much anticipated event, similar projects have created millions of tourism dollars throughout Florida.

NBC2 will be at the site Monday morning to continue coverage of this event.

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