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'Perfect Storm' ship to be sunk next week, barring storms

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/12/2017

CAPE MAY POINT, N.J. (AP) — The ship made famous in the book and film "The Perfect Storm" will be intentionally sunk off the New Jersey and Delaware coasts next week, assuming it doesn't encounter any more storms.

A spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection told The Record newspaper ( ) that the Coast Guard ship Tamaroa will be sunk April 18 if weather allows. The vessel will grow an artificial reef near Cape May Point.

The sinking was supposed to happen last year on the 25th anniversary of the famous storm, but it was held up by tests. Before being sunk, the ship had to be screened for potentially dangerous chemicals.

In 1991, the Tamaroa was used to rescue the crews of a sailboat and a downed Air National Guard helicopter in waters off Massachusetts.

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