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Down she went. Divers and snorkelers right behind

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WORLD'S NEWEST (FOR NOW) SHIPWRECK ALREADY HAS VISITORS - KITTIWAKE AN EXCLAIMATION MARK OFF CAYMAN'S SEVEN MILE BEACH

By Stephen Weir, Diver Magazine
For the dive industry Santa Claus rode into Grand Cayman on December 25th, not in a sleigh but on board a barely floating 251 ft long WW2 US warship pulled by an ocean going tug. After seven years of planning, the retired USS Kittiwake was scuttled a few days after arriving at Grand Cayman Island. Live on the Internet, the Submarine Rescue vessel (ASR-13) was sunk upright in the sand just north of the famous Seven Mile Beach.
The ship was scuttled to take pressure off the reefs of one of the world’s most popular island dive destination. Two months after she went down, the ship (donated by the US Navy) has begun to attract divers and snorkelers in large numbers. “I dived the wreck one month after her sinking,” said Suzy Marfleet, diver concierge with the Reef – a Seven Mile Beach dive operation. “ I have had a very positive response …

Tale of the tape - information on the size and history of the wreck of the Kittiwake

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Sidebar to Cayman sinking story by Stephen Weir
Tale of the tape The World’s newest diveable artificial reef – this month
Ex-USS Kittiwake ASR 13 - Chanticleer Class Submarine Rescue Ship ASR Built by: Savannah Machinery and Foundry Co of Savannah, Georgia, USA Keel Laid: 5th January 1945 Launched: 10th July 1945 Commissioned: 16th July 1945 Decommissioned: 30th September 1994 Displacement: 2290 TONS Dimensions: 251 ft Length - 42 Ft Beam - 15 ft Draft Machinery: Diesel Electric Propulsion - 1 Shaft - 3000 BHP for 15 Kts Complement: 85 Officers and Sailors
See the Diver Magazine Feature Article: http://stephenweirarticles.blogspot.com/2011/05/down-she-went-divers-and-snorkelers.html

Factoid information & Courtney Platt photograph  courtesy of Cayman Island Tourism

Where in the world are the new shipwrecks that we can dive?

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For Divers: sunken warships of the new century – size matters
The Biggies:

Coast Guard cutter, Spar, sunk near Morehead City, North Carolina. 180ft long. 2004 HTMS Khram rocket landing ship, (Formerly the USS LSM 469,) 203 ft 2003 at Pattaya, Thailand
  HTMS KUT - photo from Dive Neptune
HTMS Kut landing ship (formerly named "USS EXNO" (LSM 333) 203ft sunk off the coast of Thailand at Pattaya 2006. HMNZS Wellington, New Zealand frigate. 340 ft. Sunk near the city of Wellington 2005 HMCS Nipigon, 366 ft Canadian destroyer sunk in the St Lawrence River near Rimouski 2003. HMS Scylla. British Frigate 371 ft sunk in 2004 Cornwall, UK Australian Guided Missile Destroyer City of Brisbane. 440 ft. Sunk for divers 2005 off the coast of Queensland USS Vandenberg, US Air Force missile tracker 524-ft sunk off the Florida Keys 2009 (pictured below in Key West just before she was sank - photo from Key West Tourism Assocation).
Destroyer USS Arthur W Radford to be sunk near Cape May, New Jersey. 563 …

Star Stalking In New Hampshire - Map Of Movie Locales

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New Hampshire has a downloadable itinerary for starstruck visitors. See where the movies we love to watch were made. Article in Spring Issue:  Maple Gazette By Stephen Weir
The New Hampshire Division of Travel &; Tourism Development understands that many North Americans are fascinated by films made by Hollywood.  Not just the big name stars, but also, the locations of where memorable films and TV shows were made. The State has recently put together a downloadable six page Filmed in New Hampshire Itinerary. www.visitnh.gov/planning-and-travel-tools/itineraries/culture-itineraries.aspx  Get your motor running, Heading out the Highway. Look for Adventure! This colourful, interesting Itinerary takes film lovers on a giant road trip that begins in Keene with Robin Williams in his 1995 blockbuster fantasy movie Jumanji and ends in Claremont where the entire comedy Live Free or Die, was made.   In all the Filmed In New Hampshire booklet takes visitors to 15 different sites. It also giv…