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USS Chippewa

Launched in 1942, the U.S. Navy tugboat USS Chippewa performed standard towing and salvage duty from the Caribbean to Newfoundland. She also laid mooring buoys in Casablanca in 1944, broke tugboat speed records, and once carried a torpedo bomber on her fantail. Sunk as a Navy training platform for the Panama City Experimental Dive Unit in 1990, Chippewa now sits upright on the bottom in 100 feet of water offering a great dive for spotting marine life.

Date of Sinking Depth Length Beam Location
February 8, 1990 100 ft. 205 ft. 38 ft. 29° 57.700’ N
085° 48.220’ W
Date of Sinking February 8, 1990
Depth 100 ft.
Length 205 ft.
Beam 38 ft.
Location 29° 57.700’ N
085° 48.220’ W
Video Credit: RM1 Albert Consiglio, USN (deceased)
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors (NAFTS)
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