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Finally former research ship sits well on the bottom

The 'New Venture' now sits on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico about 20 miles south of Orange Beach about two miles south from where the 'LuLu' after several problems arose before the ship was finally in position

03 July 2018 - 14:21

The 'New Venture' now sits on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico about 20 miles south of Orange Beach about two miles south from where the 'LuLu' after several problems arose before the ship was finally in position. The biggest problem was the pumps that were taken out there were not in good operating condition and didn’t keep them running. Then it had to be waited until another boat arrived with pumps in good condition. By that time the vessel had drug its anchor outside of the reef zone. A tug had to tow it back to the reef zone and to the reef site. Even the eventual sinking didn’t go as planned. Initially, the stern, or back of the boat, was supposed to flood first and hit bottom first, followed by the bow. But there were too many pipes connecting the forward and aft tanks, it was impoissible to isolate where the water was going. Everything essentially ended up draining toward the bow of the ship, resulting in the bow going down first. Finally the new addition to the reef system was sitting pretty on the bottom, having landed upright and sitting on its keel. There was no notable list of the ship sitting on the bottom and the wheelhouse was about 57 feet below the surface. At that depth divers with the lowest certification can explore the 'Fairfield New Venture'. The coordinates of the wreck are N29 54.052 W87 32.896. Report with photos and video: https://lagniappemobile.com/250-foot-ship-sunk-for-alabamas-artificial-reef-program-video/

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