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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

Prepping the buoy for deployment. Courtesy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society New York Aquarium and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have deployed a giant microphone just beyond New York harbor to record and study whale song.

The specialized buoy, located about 22 miles south of Fire Island’s western end in the New York Bight, carries a hydrophone that can record and process underwater sounds.

New monitoring system launched by WCS’ New York Aquarium and Woods Hole Oceanographic in New York Bight. Courtesy of Wildlife Conservation Society


New York Bight is home to seven species of great whales – including humpback whales, blue whales and the endangered North Atlantic right whale.


WHOI: “This technology allows us to monitor the presence of several species of baleen whales in near real-time, and to use that knowledge to better study and protect these endangered species in the extremely busy waters of the New York Bight,” said [WHOI’s Dr. Mark Baumgartner, a marine ecologist].

“The acoustic buoy data will help us to better understand when and where whales are present in New York’s waters, particularly in those places where we have little information on how whales are affected by ship traffic and ocean noise,” said Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, Director of WCS’s Ocean Giants Program and co-lead of the joint WCS New York Aquarium-WHOI project. Read more from WHOI here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


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