NYC DEP sludge tanker MV Newtown Creek. Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


M/V Newtown Creek is bound for the bottom of the sea. Recently bought by a Florida casino, the former NYC DEP waste boat will now become a tourist attraction beneath the waves.



Renamed ‘Lady Luck’, (is it still bad luck to rename a ship if it’s being scuttled?) the former NYC DEP vessel will become an underwater habitat in shallow waters about a mile from Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale.

NYC DEP sludge tanker MV Newtown Creek. Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


Newtown Creek will be the shining centerpiece of Shipwreck Park, a unique underwater dive park with rotating underwater art exhibits. She will join 16 other sunken vessels already covered with marine life, becoming part of Florida’s artificial reef system, one of the countries most accessible major dive sites.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


Newtown Creek will be decked out with “poker tables, card sharks and slot machines on the ship’s deck, a cascade of gigantic dice and an octopus dealing craps, among other artworks.”

Divers will be allowed to visit the sunken ship almost immediately after its sinking. Interesting features of the sunken tanker ship will be 16 staterooms, the captain’s deck, galley, engine room, tanker holding bays and rotating underwater art exhibits. For more information, visit

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee