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There’s a lot more to see (besides pollution) on Newtown Creek. Tugs transport fuel, aggregate, recycled materials and much of NYC’s garbage on the hidden waterway every day of the week.
Want to see more? Join Working Harbor Committee on a 2-hour boat tour of the Newtown Creek on Sunday the 31st of May from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (tickets only $30!!) and learn about Newtown Creek’s importance as a vital maritime waterway is revealed in her historical, industrial past, present and future.
The WWII aircraft carrier USS Independence is “amazingly intact”, after more than 60 years on the seafloor off the coast of California’s Farallon Islands. [NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries press release]
3D-sonar images show the vessel resting upright on the seafloor and what looks like a plane through the open forward aircraft elevator hatch.
NOAA: “After 64 years on the seafloor, Independence sits on the bottom as if ready to launch its planes,” said James Delgado, chief scientist on the Independence mission and maritime heritage director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “This ship fought a long, hard war in the Pacific and after the war was subjected to two atomic blasts that ripped through the ship. It is a reminder of the industrial might and skill of the “greatest generation’ that sent not only this ship, but their loved ones to war.”
NOAA’s interest in Independence is part of a mandated and ongoing two-year mission to locate, map and study historic shipwrecks in Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and nearby waters. The carrier is one of an estimated 300 wrecks in the waters off San Francisco, and the deepest known shipwreck in the sanctuary.
Read more from NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries here…
by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee