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The Divers Guide to Shipwrecks around the State of Florida and the Florida Keys. Includes over 240 illustrations comprised of 151 color photos, 83 black and white historical images, 8 dynamic u/w sketches.
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U.S.S. CHIPPEWA Panama City

The 205 foot navy tug Chippewa was built by Charleston Shipbuilding Company and launched on July 25, 1942, and commissioned in February of 1943. She was named after a tribe of Indians that lived around Lake Superior. The Chippewa was the fourth Navy vessel to bear her name. Her hull number was AT-69; she was 205 feet long, had a 38.6 foot beam and displaced 1,240 gross tons. She was built by Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., in Charleston, South Carolina. On May 15, 1944, she was reclassified ATF-69. She was stationed in Trinidad and worked mainly in the Caribbean. The Chippewa made her last voyage towing the SS War Bonnet from Boston to Bermuda to Norfolk where she arrived in December of 1945. On February 26, 1947, she was commissioned into the reserves and in January of 1989, she was committed to the Navy Experimental Dive Unit to use as an explosive training project. 

It was decided that the Chippewa would be sunk and become part of the Panama City artificial reef program. One requirement was to make sure the tug landed upright on the bottom. To assure this extensive preparations and modifications were made to the ship's watertight boundaries.

On February 8, 1990, the Chippewa was moored over her pre-determined reef site. An intricate network of 37 explosive charges, varying from one to six pounds were set off and the tug was sent to the bottom. The Chippewa now sits perfectly upright with a three degree list to port, in 95 to 105 feet of water, ten miles offshore. Divers will reach her main deck at 70 feet. She is to date the largest intact vessel sunk in the Bay County Artificial Reef Program. The tug's tower comes to within 50 feet of the surface.

Photo: The U.S.S. Chippewa was a 205 foot navy tug built by Charleston Shipbuilding Company. photo courtesy Chief Gary Ashton, Navy Experimental Dive Unit.
 

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By Dan and Denise Berg, 180 pages. Shipwrecks are an important complement to the natural coral reefs as a sport diving attraction in Florida. From the barley discernable ballast piles of the 1733 fleet to the almost perfectly intact modern ships sunk specifically as artificial reefs throughout the state, shipwrecks inspire an aura of mystery and fascination. Florida Shipwrecks is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about the shipwrecks around the state of Florida. This downloadable ebook contains a wealth of enlightening information that gives the readers a nostalgic glimpse into the history and present condition of over 235 shipwrecks. Florida Shipwrecks includes over 240 illustrations comprised of 151 color photos, 83 black and white historical images, 8 dynamic u/w sketches. Divers , snorkelers, marine historians, armchair sailors or anyone with a general interest in history diving or the sea will surely find this ebook fascinating, as well as indispensable.

 

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