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USS Accokeek

Before she was sunk as an artificial reef in 2000, USS Accokeek traveled the globe as a fleet tug. Built in 1944, Accokeek began her career in Orange, Texas, and then was deployed to work around the world for 26 years. She towed damaged ships from the invasion of Okinawa, transited the Panama Canal, and assisted navy vessels ranging from cruisers to submarines along the East Coast, in Lake Michigan, and as far away as Labrador and the South Atlantic. Turned over to the Navy Dive School in Panama City, Florida, for salvage and ordinance training in 1987, her exciting life was not yet over. After being repeatedly sunk and refloated, the veteran tug was packed with explosive charges and sunk in 100 feet of water for the last time in 2000.

Date of Sinking Depth Length Beam Location
July 9, 2000 100 ft. 143 ft. 33 ft. 29° 58.475’ N
085° 51.915’ W
Date of Sinking July 9, 2000
Depth 100 ft.
Length 143 ft.
Beam 33 ft.
Location 29° 58.475’ N
085° 51.915’ W
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