Sink the Vandenberg!
June 11, 2012 8:13 PM Subscribe
posted by the man of twists and turns (12 comments total)
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At 522 feet, the USS Vandenberg
is the largest artificial reef in the Florida Keys.
Beginning life as the USS General Harry Taylor, an Army transport
, she was commissioned in 1944 at Richmond, CA. She was eventually transferred to the Air Force and redesignated as the USS Generaly Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a missile-tracking ship. She was decommissioned in 1993, and became the set for (and star of) the movie Virus
By 1999, the Vandenberg was past the end of her service life, and proposals were made to turn her into an artificial reef. A committee
formed in Key West to place the ship 7 miles offshore, to provide an attraction for SCUBA divers and marine life.
On 27 May 2009, the Vandenberg was towed off of Key West Harbor, and scuttled.
Today, the Vandenberg is the largest artifical reef in the Florida Keys, and the second-largest in the United States, after the USS Oriskany.
Spanish Fly, with Jose Wejebe
(since deceased), did a feature
on the Vandenberg's transformation into fishing and diving attraction.
Sink The Vandenberg!
has several videos they captured before, during, and after the sinking.
Sinking of the Vandenberg
As Key West is home to many artists, so the Vandenberg served as an art gallery
Defend the Vandenberg!