Sunday, 29 May 2011

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

 
 

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

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