The Mohawk Has Landed

Mohawk being sunk for artificial reef

Photo credit: John Park

In the previous issue of the Marine Scene we ran a story about the USCGC Mohawk being deployed as a new artificial reef off of Lee County.  Well, read below, it has now been deployed!

On a beautiful Monday, July 2, the World War II warship USCGC Mohawk was deployed to its final resting place 90 feet under water. She is now located roughly 28 nautical miles off of Sanibel Island on Florida’s southwest coast and is the first Veterans Memorial Reef dedicated to all U.S. veterans. The official name of the reef is the U.S.S. Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef.

The 165-foot World War II Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk is the last remaining ship of the Greenland Patrol. She launched 14 attacks against submarine contacts between 1942 and 1945.  One of her most famous deeds was being the last ship to radio Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower that the weather was clearing for the D-Day invasion.

The warship was scuttled by six strategically placed chargers designed to allow water to flow into the ship so it would sink and rest upright. It sunk in under three minutes. Over 100 boats floated on beautiful clear blue water to watch the ship sink.  According to Mike Campbell, a senior environmental specialist with Lee County’s Marine Division who coordinated the procurement and cleaning of the new artificial reef “The best thing about sinking the ship was seeing the excitement in the community and businesses gearing up to take trips there.” To learn more about Lee County’s artificial reef program please visit http://leereefs.org/.

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