(Dive Travel Business News - February 24, 2012) -- A World War II ship will soon be 100 feet below the Gulf near Fort Myers Beach. Last week, Lee County Commissioners voted to move forward with a plan to sink the 165-foot USS Mohawk as an artificial reef on the west coast of Florida.
Environmental Specialists from Lee County will be in Key West within the next couple of weeks to inspect the Coast Guard cutter Mohawk to inspect the vessel, conduct a stability analysis and determine what wires and other hazardous materials need to be removed and ready to be moved to the deeper waters off the west coast of Florida. The plan is to sink the Mohawk in 60 to 90 feet of water 13 miles off Sanibel Island.
The Mohawk is currently a floating museum docked along the East Quay Wall at the Truman Waterfront and operated by the nonprofit Miami-Dade Historic Maritime Museum Inc. The nonprofit is giving Lee County the Mohawk for free. The nonprofit's other ship, the Ingham, will remain in the same location. read more »