Sinking of the USS Oriskany

The USS Oriskany is sunk as an artificial reef on May 17, 2006

Divingindepth.com was on location for the sinking of the USS Oriskany. By maintaining the required one mile distance from the sinking ship, we were able to get the following pictures and video. The ship has been sunk on its keel, meaning it’s sitting upright. The “island” on the flight deck sits in approximately 60 feet of water, the flight deck¬†is around 120 feet deep, the hanger deck is at around 150 feet, and the bottom of the wreck sits in sand at 220 feet deep. The wreck is going to be available for open water divers and technical divers with many available types of dives. The Oriskany is over 850 feet long, so seeing this wreck on one dive is not an option. Many of the local dive shops from Ft. Walten Beach to Pennsecola in Florida to Gulf Shores, Alabama will be offering trips to the wreck.

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Watch a video of the sinking!

The ship anchored, waiting for its sinking.

Tugs towed the Oriskany from Texas and then to its final wresting place in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tugs towed the Oriskany from Texas and then to its final wresting place in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Coast Guard and marine partrol patrolled the one mile border around the ship.

The Coast Guard and marine partrol patrolled the one mile border around the ship.

One Navy helicopter patrolled the area shooting video.

One Navy helicopter patrolled the area shooting video.

20 miles offshore on a jetski. He had gas cans strapped to the back of his jetski...crazy!

20 miles offshore on a jetski. He had gas cans strapped to the back of his jetski...crazy!

10:25 AM - The charges are detonated!

10:25 AM - The charges are detonated!

Notice the piece getting blown off the island. It hit the flight deck.

Notice the piece getting blown off the island. It hit the flight deck.

11:00 AM РIt goes down after only 35 minutes!